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Huntington Park dermatologist with proven record of skin cancer treatment uses Mohs surgical technique

Dr. Douglas Blose has achieved a 99 percent cure rate with Mohs treatment. Historically, this precision procedure was used to treat the common Squamous Cell and Basal Cell Carcinomas. In fact, the Skin Cancer Foundation has characterized this treatment as the most effective option available.

However, in its more than 80-year existence, Mohs Micrographic Surgery has evolved as a treatment option for the most serious type of cancer: melanoma. In the past dermatologists were hesitant to suggest Mohs for melanoma patients, because the pigment cells where the cancers develop were atypical, and difficult to assess.

Other technologies have been introduced that allow specialists such as Dr. Blose to see cancerous cells that might have gone unnoticed in the past. Mohs surgeons are now equipped to treat a wider range of patients with varying types and severity of cancers than in the 1960s and 1970s, when the procedure first came of age.

Precision technique for many cancers

Mohs may also be a treatment of choice for unusual skin cancers or those in prominent places. Since the idea behind Mohs is to preserve as much of the healthy tissue as possible by precisely removing the cancer, Dr. Blose may suggest Mohs if your treatment area is on the face or another visible area.

Mohs is also a good option for those cancers with difficult to discern borders, or for those patients whose cancer has returned following a previous treatment. The Skin Cancer Foundation reports the cure rate with Mohs Micrographic Surgery is 96 percent for patients with recurrences. Comparatively, the cure rate for removing recurring cancers with traditional techniques such as standard surgical excision and radiation is no more than 50 percent.

Little more than a numbing medication is necessary for this approach to cancer treatment. After the area to be treated is numbed, Dr. Blose will progressively remove thin layers of tissue. Those samples will then be examined under a microscope until cancer cells are no longer visible.

Dr. Blose has treated more than 15,000 skin cancers. Behind this number are patients with differing concerns and needs. Dr. Blose and his team won’t know if Mohs treatment is best for you until after a consultation and diagnosis has been made at our Huntington Park location.

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