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Can skin cancer come back after Mohs surgery?

Dr. Brian P. Mekelburg of Los Angeles, CA, is a dermatologist that can assist patients, new and existing, with a wide range of skincare needs. He does encourage patients to visit annually for a recommended skin cancer screening to monitor for signs of cancer. If found and diagnosed, he may suggest certain treatments, such as Mohs micrographic surgery, an effective treatment that eliminates the need for radiation or chemotherapy.

What is Mohs micrographic surgery, and how does it help treat skin cancer?

Mohs micrographic surgery is a type of treatment for skin cancer that involves removing the cancerous tissue layer by layer. This allows the doctor to see and map out the cancerous cells so that they can be removed more effectively. The advantage of this particular surgery is that it has a high success rate in treating skin cancer, especially when compared to other methods, such as freezing or burning the tissue. Additionally, Mohs surgery can be used to treat very large areas of skin cancer without causing too much actual damage to the surrounding, healthy tissue.

Can skin cancer come back after Mohs surgery?

It is possible for skin cancer to come back after Mohs surgery. However, the chances of this happening are very low. The vast majority of people who have Mohs surgery do not have their cancer come back. If the cancer does come back, it is usually in the form of a small spot on the skin which can be easily treated with another round of Mohs surgery or other forms of treatment. So, while it is possible for skin cancer to come back after Mohs surgery, it is not common and can usually be effectively treated if it does occur.

How do I learn more about skin cancer prevention, diagnosis, screenings, and treatment?

If you suspect that you have skin cancer, you should visit a dermatologist as soon as possible for a skin cancer screening. The earlier this condition is caught, the sooner it can be effectively treated by Dr. Brian P. Mekelburg and his team. Call 310-659-9075 to request a consultation appointment at our office and speak to us about your skin care needs. We are conveniently located in Los Angeles, CA, and are open to new and returning patients in our facility.

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