Rate of Mohs surgeries for nonmelanoma skin cancer jumps

05/24/2011 | SkinAndAllergyNews.com

The rate of Mohs surgeries billed to Medicare for nonmelanoma skin cancer increased by 236% between 1999 and 2009, doubling between 2001 and 2006, but the rate of excisions during the same periods rose less dramatically, according to two studies. Some surgeons performed many more Mohs surgeries than others. Researcher and dermatologic surgeon Matthew Donaldson said surgeons who performed high numbers of the procedure were more likely to deal with additional stages of treatment and to repair defects themselves.

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