Choosing a qualified surgeon for Mohs skin cancer treatment in Englewood/South Denver and Lone Tree
Skin cancer is an unfortunately common condition, which has deadly potential. Like other forms of cancer, early treatment is the key to a good outcome. In most cases, surgical removal of the tumor is the best option, though there are several techniques. Standard methods, such as excision, cryosurgery, or electrosurgery, may be used for small tumors, which are not deemed likely to recur. Large or aggressive cancers, and those in cosmetically sensitive areas, are usually best treated with Mohs Micrographic Surgery.
Mohs is the most advanced, and the most effective, skin cancer treatment available today. It has the highest cure rate, even when treating cancers that have returned after being removed by another method. Although many physicians are legally qualified to perform Mohs surgery, it is a delicate, intricate procedure. Only select physicians have completed the rigorous training required to complete ACMS (American College of Mohs Surgery) fellowship training.
Dr. Joel Cohen, founder of AboutSkin Dermatology and DermSurgery, PC, in Englewood/South Denver and Lone Tree, is among the select group of fellowship trained Mohs surgeons. He is one of only a handful of full-fellowship-trained Mohs surgeons in Colorado who has done the full-training of the American College of Mohs Surgery. What does that mean?
- Advanced training – The fellowship program includes 12 to 24 months of rigorous training. Before beginning the program, a physician must complete the appropriate training and residency requirements for his or her chosen specialty, and then pass a highly selective qualification process.
- Qualified instructors – If you want to be the best, learn from the best. In keeping with this belief, ACMS fellowship training is conducted at only select, approved training centers, and each student works closely with an accredited, seasoned Mohs surgeon who serves as a mentor and teacher.
- Extensive experience – Before completing the fellowship program, a physician must participate in a minimum of 500 Mohs cases, and demonstrate his or her skill and accuracy in the diagnostic, surgical, and reconstructive aspects of the procedure.
- Commitment to excellence – As you can see, Mohs fellowship training is not designed for doctors who are looking for an easy way to bulk up their credentials. Only those with a serious commitment to providing excellent care would take on such an endeavor, and only the most talented and highly skilled succeed.
Dr. Cohen has published and lectured extensively on skin cancer, suturing techniques for skin cancer lesions, as well as lasers to help minimize the prominence of skin cancer scars. At this point, he has published over 130 articles and is the co-author of an upcoming 2014 textbook on skin cancer reconstruction.
If you’ve been diagnosed with, or believe that you may have skin cancer, call AboutDerm at 303.756.SKIN (7546), and schedule an appointment to find out if Mohs Micrographic surgery is the right solution for you.