• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Exacting surgery eliminates a pilot’s melanoma

December 17, 2017

Diagnosed with melanoma, Mark Schoonover's skilled surgical team at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire used a precise technique called Mohs surgery to remove all the cancer while sparing as much healthy tissue as possible.

"Melanoma. That really got my attention." That's how Mark Schoonover, of Weynerhaeuser, Wisconsin, describes the moment he learned he had skin cancer in August 2015.

Mark, an avid pilot and outdoorsman who looks forward to clear skies, says he didn't always remember to protect his scalp from the sun as his hair started to thin and recede. He began making annual visits to a dermatologist when he was in his mid-50s. Previous biopsies had not revealed any skin cancer. But in 2015, Mark's family became concerned about a dark spot on his scalp that was growing larger. Read the rest of the story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.