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Mohs Surgery: Smaller Scars, High Cure Rate

July 03, 2013
Lebanon, NH

by Tim Dean

With the arrival of the summer season, there are many opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities in the warm weather. But too much sunlight can be harmful, and national statistics bear this out. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S., with more than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancers being diagnosed each year.

Fortunately, Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) has the expertise to treat these non-melanoma forms of skin cancer very effectively. Mohs Micrographic Surgery is a highly specialized procedure primarily used to remove skin cancers from the head, neck and scalp.

"The advantage of Mohs surgery is that it produces a smaller scar, and at the same time the highest possible cure rate—98 to 99 percent," says Faramarz Samie, MD, PhD, a Mohs surgeon in Dermatology at D-H Heater Road and a member of the Melanoma/Skin Cancer Program at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. In addition to Lebanon, NH, D-H dermatologists also offer Mohs Micrographic Surgery in Manchester, NH, and Keene, NH.

Mohs surgeons are trained to understand how skin cancers appear and grow, how they are removed and how they appear under a microscope. Very thin layers of skin are removed and tested in the lab while the patient waits. This allows surgeons to determine the least amount of tissue to be removed, thereby reducing scarring while efficiently removing the cancer.

For additional information, visit Dermatology's Mohs Micrographic Surgery website at dartmouth-hitchcock.org.

Photo: Faramarz Samie, MD, PhD, a Mohs surgeon at D-H Heater Road.

Faramarz Samie, MD, PhD, a Mohs surgeon at D-H Heater Road. (Photo by Mark Washburn)

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