Your Mohs surgeon in Westlake Village has a viable treatment option for squamous cell carcinoma

In recent years, the Mohs technique for removing basal and squamous cell carcinomas has become quite well-known. The procedure was initially developed several decades ago and has continued to evolve into one of the most efficient methods of skin cancer removal known today. In fact, most physicians consider this treatment the highest possible standard. This is due to the high success rate this procedure has for the common forms of skin cancer. If you have been diagnosed with squamous cell skin cancer or basal cell skin cancer, you can benefit from consulting your Mohs surgeon in Westlake Village.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)

Some of the most common skin cancer lesions dermatologists see are squamous cell. The only other form of skin cancer seen this frequently is basal cell carcinoma. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, each year brings another 700,000 cases of SCC to the United States.

Squamous cells are present on the top layer of skin. When cells become diseased, they may accumulate and form a raised sore, a scaly patch of skin that may bleed, a nodule that looks red or a growth that looks somewhat like a wart. The concern with squamous cell carcinoma is that this type of cancer can grow very quickly, damaging nearby tissues and potentially causing disfigurement.

Most instances of squamous cell carcinoma occur on areas of the body which have been exposed to UV light. This can be through natural sunlight or tanning beds. Common trouble spots include the backs of hands, the ears, lips, scalp, ears, and other areas of the face and neck. It is also possible for this type of skin cancer to develop on non-exposed areas of skin; such as the inside of the mouth.

Efficient removal with Mohs

The success rate for the Mohs procedure for squamous cell carcinoma is 94-99%. This is unprecedented for any skin cancer treatment. The procedure involves the removal of the visible lesion using precise mapping. Removal occurs in ultra-thin layers so to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible. Immediately following removal, tissue is analyzed under a microscope. As long as cancer cells are seen during this microscopic examination, the surgeon will go back to the lesion for more tissue. When the tissue specimen is clear of cancer cells, the procedure is complete. Due to the precision of the Mohs technique, there is typically little, if any, reconstruction needed. In fact, many patients don’t even require stitches.

Our experienced team performs skin cancer screening, biopsy, and treatment as needed. We are happy to schedule your appointment today!


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Dr. Daphne Panagotacos

Meet Dr. Daphne Panagotacos

Dr. Daphne Panagotacos graduated in medicine from USC Keck School of Medicine and served her dermatology residency at the Cleveland Metropolitan Hospital, in Cleveland Ohio. She is a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery, specializing in Mohs micrographic surgery. Her clinic offers a broad range of services, covering all areas of dermatology.

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