BCC recurrence rate gives the case for Mohs surgery

 February 13, 2013
Posted by sabrina

In this interview, Sabrina Shah-Desai, a consultant Oculoplastic surgeon and part of the Skin Care Network Mohs team, explains why Mohs surgery is recommended and for which types of skin cancer.

Mohs surgery now has a good evidence base for certain skin cancers. The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) has reviewed research to show that the recurrence rate (when tumours return) of Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCCs) is significantly lower than with ordinary excision.

BCCs and SCCs are the most common type of non-melanoma skin cancers. When located in difficult, high risk areas, such as the eyes, nose, lips and ears, Mohs should be the first choice of surgery, as it is a precise technique which spares normal tissue. It is also chosen when there is a recurrence.

BCC recurrence rate gives the case for Mohs surgery

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