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Trends in Mohs surgery from 1995 to 2010: an analysis of nationally representative data.

BACKGROUND: In Mohs surgery, the histologic verification of tumor removal results in a lower rate of cancer recurrence compared with simple excision. Factors associated with the increased use of Mohs surgery are not well characterized.

OBJECTIVE: To investigate trends in the utilization of Mohs surgery.

METHODS AND MATERIALS: The authors performed a retrospective analysis of the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey for patient visits associated with Mohs surgery from 1995 to 2010. The authors assessed percentage of skin cancers managed with Mohs surgery, the most common locations of skin cancer managed with Mohs surgery, and patient demographics associated with Mohs surgery.

RESULTS: Although there was an upward trend in the use of Mohs surgery (p = .004), a low percentage of skin cancers (average of 10.0%) were managed with this technique. When the surgical location was specified, Mohs surgery was most commonly used for the head and neck region. Demographic groups receiving Mohs surgery at higher rates included African Americans (44.2%) and patients aged 75 to 84 years (12.4%).

CONCLUSION: There has been an upward trend in the use of Mohs surgery, particularly in the head and neck region where tissue preservation is essential.

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