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What is removed in Mohs surgery for Bowen's disease?

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If you have a larger patch of Bowen's disease, you may need a more detailed procedure called Mohs surgery. A thin layer of tissue is removed and looked at under a microscope. If cancer cells are seen in the outside edges of the tissue, another thin layer is removed and studied. Once doctors find no cancer cells, the surgery ends.

From: What Is Bowen’s Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 9/9/2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “What are basal and squamous cell skin cancers?”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Bowen’s Disease.” 

Mayo Clinic: “Fluorouracil (Topical Route),” “Imiquimod.”

National Association of Rare Disorders: “Bowen’s Disease.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Bowenoid Papulosis.”

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Mohs Micrographic Surgery: An Overview.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “What are basal and squamous cell skin cancers?”

American Osteopathic College of Dermatology: “Bowen’s Disease.” 

Mayo Clinic: “Fluorouracil (Topical Route),” “Imiquimod.”

National Association of Rare Disorders: “Bowen’s Disease.”

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Bowenoid Papulosis.”

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Mohs Micrographic Surgery: An Overview.”

Reviewed by Louise Chang on September 9, 2018

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