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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 specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. In addition to English, Dr. Hernandez speaks Spanish. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Health. He graduated from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with the University of Puerto Rico. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Hernandez takes Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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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 specializes in pediatric dermatology, dermatological immunology, and dermatopathology. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Updegraff graduated from New York Medical College. His training includes a residency program at Brooke Army Medical Center. Dr. Updegraff 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 works as a mohs skin cancer surgeon in Scottsdale, AZ, Gilbert, AZ, and Chandler, AZ. Patients gave him an average rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Petelin is a graduate of the University of Arizona College of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Petelin trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, Irvine. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Health.

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

Dr. Deborah Zell is a mohs skin cancer surgeon. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. Dr. Zell studied medicine at Tulane University School of Medicine. Her medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Miami. Dr. Zell is professionally affiliated with Banner Boswell Medical Center and Banner Thunderbird Medical Center.

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

Dr. James Barlow, who practices in Surprise, AZ and Peoria, AZ, is a medical specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. He is an in-network provider for Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, Humana Catastrophic, and more. Dr. Barlow is a graduate of the University of Nevada School of Medicine and a graduate of Mayo Clinic's residency program. He is professionally affiliated with Banner Health.

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

Dr. Vernon Mackey sees patients in Peoria, AZ. His medical specialty is MOHS-micrographic surgery. He is rated 4.5 stars out of 5 by his patients. Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Mackey honors. He is a graduate of Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. He is professionally 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 specializes in MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Young is professionally affiliated with Banner Health. His education and training includes medical school at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Nevada School of Medicine and residency at St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic.

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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.