We found 5 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Humana Basic 6850/HMO Premier near Glendale, AZ.

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Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
2224 W Northern Avenue; Suite D300
Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Neil Superfon's medical specialty is dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. He attended medical school at Midwestern University, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Dr. Bryan Robert Updegraff, MD
Specializes in Dermatological Immunology, Pediatric Dermatology, Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery, Allergy & Immunology
1300 N 103rd Avenue; Suite 60
Sun City, AZ

Dr. Bryan Updegraff's areas of specialization are pediatric dermatology, dermatological immunology, and dermatopathology. Dr. Updegraff is affiliated with Banner Boswell Medical Center. He attended New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Brooke Army Medical Center for residency. He has a 4.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. He honors several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
13943 N 91st Avenue; Building C101
Peoria, AZ

Dr. Deborah Zell's medical specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. She accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami, Dr. Zell attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Zell's professional affiliations include Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
9191 W Thunderbird Road; Suite D101
Peoria, AZ

Dr. Vernon Mackey practices MOHS-micrographic surgery in Peoria, AZ. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Mackey attended medical school at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He is affiliated with Banner Health.

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
13090 N. 94th Drive; Suite 101
Peoria, AZ

Dr. James Barlow's specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. He graduated from the University of Nevada School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Barlow is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. He is affiliated with Banner Health.

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What is MOHS-Micrographic Surgery?

Mohs micrographic surgery is a surgical treatment for skin cancer that was developed by Dr. Frederick Mohs in the 1930’s. It is the most effective technique for removing the most common types of skin cancer. For the two most common types of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, Mohs has a 98-99% cure rate. The remarkable thing about Mohs is that it manages to be extremely good at removing all of the cancer cells while at the same time leaving behind most of the healthy tissue, so there is a smaller wound. This makes the procedure safer, speeds up the the recovery time, and minimizes scarring.

During Mohs surgery, skin around the cancer site is mapped out and removed in thin layers. Then each layer is examined under a microscope for cancer cells, while the surgery is in progress. If cancer cells are detected, the surgery continues and another layer is removed. If the skin is clear, the surgery can be stopped. This eliminates the guesswork for surgeons. There is no need to estimate the borders or roots of the cancer and no need to remove a margin of healthy tissue to ensure that all of the cancer is removed.

Even though Mohs has a high cure rate, is safer than other treatments, and takes less tissue, not every skin cancer is treated with Mohs. First, Mohs takes quite a bit longer than traditional surgery because each layer of skin must be carefully cut, prepped, and examined. It is also more expensive and may not always be covered by insurance. In addition, for smaller or less aggressive cancers that are easier to treat, the cure rate for non-Mohs treatments is close to that of Mohs; thus, the extra time and cost of Mohs might not be justified. Other kinds of skin cancer, such as melanoma, are hard to see under a microscope. Since melanoma is so dangerous, Mohs has traditionally not been used to treat it, as there is too much risk for missed cancer cells being left behind in the body. However, recent developments in stains (which make cancer cells more visible under a microscope) may change the role of Mohs in melanoma treatment.

Mohs microsurgery has changed the way doctors treat skin cancer in the past 80 years, and it continues to gain in popularity as it increases the effectiveness and safety of skin cancer treatment.
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