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Mohs Surgery

Mohs Surgery has been shown to be a highly effective treatment for certain types of skin cancer, with a cure rate of up to 99% for certain cancers. Mohs surgery provides the most precise method for removal of all cancerous tissue, while sparing the greatest amount of healthy tissue. For this reason, Mohs surgery typically results in a significantly smaller surgical defect and less noticeable scarring, as compared to other methods of skin cancer treatment. The Mohs procedure is recommended for skin cancer removal in anatomic areas where maximum preservation of healthy tissue is desirable for cosmetic and functional purposes. It may also be indicated for lesions that have recurred following prior treatment, or for lesions which have the greatest propensity for recurrence.

The basic tenets of the American Society for Mohs Surgery are as follows:

• Adherence to strict medical-ethical standards in advancing the Mohs procedure and this society, including strong professional respect for all other individuals and organizations likewise dedicated to the practice of Mohs surgery.
• Promotion of the highest standards of patient care relating to Mohs surgery for the surgical removal of skin cancer and other appropriate malignancies.
• Establishment of an ongoing quality assurance program and peer review of ASMS Fellow members.
• Providing a forum for the professional exchange of ideas and methodology for Mohs surgery and related basic sciences.
• Promoting of professional education of our members and the medical community in the principles and practice of Mohs surgery.
• Encouragment of research into all methods of microscopically controlled removal of malignant tissue.
• Provide ongoing information and public education relative to Mohs surgery.

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