Mohs Micrographic Surgery

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March 2, 2022

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Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized surgical procedure used to remove certain types of skin cancer. This type of surgery allows a surgeon to remove skin cancer with less damage to the healthy skin around it. It’s often used to remove skin cancer on the face but can be performed on other areas of the body. Mohs surgery usually takes place in a doctor’s office and you don’t need to be under general anesthesia. Mohs surgery is typically used to remove non-melanoma skin cancers including:

  • Primary basal cell carcinoma
  • Primary squamous cell carcinoma
  • Recurrent non-melanoma skin cancers
  • Skin cancers with ill-defined borders
  • Skin cancers with high recurrence rates

What Does it Mean to be Immunocompromised?

Your immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs. Together they help the body fight infections and other diseases. People who are immunocompromised have a weakened immune system and a reduced ability to fight infections and other diseases. It may be caused by certain diseases or conditions, such as AIDS, cancer, diabetes, malnutrition, and certain genetic disorders. It may also be caused by certain medicines or treatments, such as anticancer drugs, radiation therapy, and stem cell or organ transplant. Learn more about your immune system and how it works.

Hearing Tests for Adults

Hearing loss is a common problem caused by noise, aging, disease, and heredity. A hearing test is used to find out if you are experiencing any hearing loss and, if so, how serious it is. Hearing loss can make it hard to understand directions, a doctor’s advice, and hear phones, doorbells, and safety warnings. It can also make it hard to enjoy talking with family and friends and socializing. You may need a hearing test if you have these symptoms:

  • Frequently asking others to repeat what they’ve said
  • Needing to turn up the volume of the television or other devices
  • Withdrawal from conversations
  • A ringing sound in your ears
  • Muffling of speech and other sounds
  • Difficulty understanding words

Learn more about the different types of hearing tests for adults and the specialists who perform them.

Pasta Ratatouille

Pasta Ratatouille is a colorful, flavorful vegetarian dinner for pasta lovers. Bookmark this so you can make it later this year when zucchini and eggplant are in season.