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An Introduction to Mohs Micrographic Surgery, by Dr. David Weingold

October 24, 2012

Developed nearly a century ago, Mohs micrographic surgery remains one of the most effective treatments for several forms of skin cancer. The procedure removes the cancerous skin layer by layer. With each layer, the practitioner examines the tissue under a microscope, continuing the procedure until the tissue appears free of cancer. This technique ensures the complete removal of cancer, which minimizes the chances of it growing back. In addition, it requires the removal of very little healthy tissue, resulting in a better cosmetic outcome, considering the practitioner generally repairs the site of tissue removal the same day as the procedure. Whereas other methods rely on estimates of the amount of tissue affected by cancer, Mohs micrographic surgery ensures the excision of the entire cancerous region without excess loss of healthy skin.

About the Author:
Dr. David Weingold diagnoses and treats a full range of skin conditions, including cancers. A graduate of the Yale Medical School, Dr. David Weingold completed a residency in dermatology at Duke Medical Center.


Dr. David Weingold on Skin Cancer Screening and Self-Examination

August 1, 2012

As a dermatologist in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Dr. David Weingold frequently treats patients with skin cancer. Because early detection of skin cancers can significantly affect one’s prognosis, Dr. Weingold recommends that his patients actively pursue regular skin cancer screenings throughout their lives. Along with annual physician-directed skin examinations, Dr. Weingold recommends performing monthly self-examinations, as well.

When performing self-examination, it is important to note changes in existing spots as soon as they appear. Creating a “mole map” of your body is a good way to keep track of any spots you have on your skin. With your map in hand, you can then examine yourself in a well-lighted room, using a full-length mirror as well as a hand-held mirror, in order to observe every inch of your skin, including under your nails, on your scalp, and behind your ears. If you notice any changes, consult with a doctor right away.