We found 7 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Humana Silver near Peoria, AZ.

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
6525 W Sack Drive; Suite 307
Glendale, AZ
 

Dr. Julio Hernandez's medical specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. He is rated highly by his patients. He is affiliated with Banner Health. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Hernandez accepts. Before completing his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico, Dr. Hernandez attended medical school at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez speaks Spanish.

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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; he sees patients in Sun City, AZ. After completing medical school at New York Medical College, he performed his residency at Brooke Army Medical Center. On average, patients gave him a rating of 4.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Updegraff takes several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is affiliated with Banner Boswell Medical Center.

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Dr. Anthony John Petelin, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
18699 N 67th Avenue; Suite 20
Glendale, AZ
 

Dr. Anthony Petelin is a physician who specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. Patient reviews placed him at an average of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Petelin's clinical interests include facial problems, rosacea, and dermabrasion. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. His education and training includes medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Petelin is affiliated with Banner Health.

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

Dr. Deborah Zell's area of specialization is MOHS-micrographic surgery. She is affiliated with Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center. After completing medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine, she performed her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Zell takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more.

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Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
9191 W. Thunderbird Road; D-101
Peoria, AZ
 

Dr. Vernon Mackey is a MOHS-micrographic surgery specialist in Peoria, AZ. Dr. Mackey graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and then he performed his residency at Kingman Regional Medical Center. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Mackey is affiliated with Banner Health.

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Specializes in Other, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
18699 N 67th Avenue; Suite 20
Glendale, AZ
 

Dr. James Young's medical specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Health. Before completing his residency at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Dr. Young attended medical school at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He honors Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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

Dr. James Barlow is a specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. He works in Surprise, AZ and Peoria, AZ. He is affiliated with Banner Health. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Before performing his residency at Mayo Clinic, Dr. Barlow attended the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

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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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