HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - State Representative Clift Tsuji (Keaukaha, Hilo, Panaewa, Waiakea) underwent successful Mohs micrographic surgery this month for skin cancer. The specialized procedure's published cure rates range up to 99% for previously untreated cancers, and was performed on an outpatient basis at Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu in August.
"One becomes more aware of the lack of specialized surgeons on the Big Island when such a delicate procedure is necessary," said Rep. Tsuji. "I truly believe we have amongst the best of health care providers and facilities. Unfortunately, in such procedures as mine, the surgery must be performed by a surgeon in Honolulu."
Tsuji added, "I am aware that keeping healthy is very important. But also as a public official, I'm committed to serve our community under various conditions. I will continuously strive to do both."
The prognosis for the Big Island lawmaker is favorable and he is resuming full activity and work schedule.