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Can cancer come back after Mohs surgery?

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Mohs surgery is used to treat skin cancers. It has the highest cure rate of all treatments for basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, the two most common skin cancers. Mohs works more than 99 percent of time for new skin cancers and 95 percent of time if the cancer is a returning one.

Your doctor will want to schedule regular follow-ups with you to check your skin for new cancers. Twice a year is normal, but you may need them more often if the cancer is an aggressive type that’s more likely to come back.

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Mohs surgery.”

American College of Mohs Surgery: “History of Mohs Surgery,” “Post-Operative Care.”

University of Chicago, Section of Dermatology: “Mohs surgery: Questions and Answers Regarding Your Procedure.”

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Mohs surgery.”

NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms: “Mohs surgery.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Mohs surgery.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 13, 2019

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Mohs surgery.”

American College of Mohs Surgery: “History of Mohs Surgery,” “Post-Operative Care.”

University of Chicago, Section of Dermatology: “Mohs surgery: Questions and Answers Regarding Your Procedure.”

Skin Cancer Foundation: “Mohs surgery.”

NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms: “Mohs surgery.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Mohs surgery.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 13, 2019

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