Mohs Surgery for Skin Cancer

This information is useful for adults and older adults
Dr. Suozzi examines a patient, possibly someone who needs Mohs surgery

Dermatologic surgeon Kathleen Suozzi, MD, is specially trained in performing Mohs micrographic surgery to treat skin cancer.

Credit: Robert A. Lisak

Mohs micrographic surgery has been a game-changer in treating skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma

In this procedure, the cancer is removed layer by layer, and the tissue is examined under a microscope after each step, so the dermatologist can confirm that all of the cancer cells have been eliminated. It maximizes the chances of removing all of the abnormal cells while still preserving as much of the normal skin tissue as possible. 

Cure rates for skin cancer using Mohs surgery can reach up to 99%, and the chances of lasting, disfiguring scars are minimal. Yale Medicine dermatologic surgeons have specialized expertise in performing Mohs surgery.

Clinical Trials

New treatments for many conditions are tested in clinical trials, which ultimately bring lifesaving new drugs and devices to the patients who need them most. By participating in a clinical trial, you may get access to the most advanced treatments for your condition, and help determine their benefits for future patients.