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Skin Cancer

Mohs vs ED and C Procedure

06/04/2010

Question:

I am a 64 year old male who loves the sun. I have a squamous cell on my cheek close to my eye. What are the advantages and disadvantes of each procedure? Are there other questions I should ask my doctor as I make this decision? Thank you.

Answer:

Advantages of mohs include:

Disadvantages of mohs: time and cost.

Advantages of ED and C: quick and cheap.

Disadvantages of ED and C: lower cure rate, uglier scar.

If the squamous cell cancer has an "invasive" component I would not ED and C it.

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Response by:

Jeremy S Bordeaux, MD, MPH Jeremy S Bordeaux, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University