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Thursday, December 5, 2013
Mohs vs ED and C Procedure
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.
Advantages of mohs include:
- highest cure rate
- smallest amount of normal tissue removed
- better looking scar compared to ED and C
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.
Jeremy S Bordeaux, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University