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We found 3 mohs skin cancer surgeons who accept Humana HMO Open Access Copay 100/1000 near Englewood, CO.

Dr. Richard Gordon Asarch, MD
Specializes in Dermatopathology, MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
3701 S Clarkson Street; 4th Floor
Englewood, CO
 

Dr. Richard Asarch, who practices in Englewood, CO, is a medical specialist in dermatopathology and MOHS-micrographic surgery. After attending the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine for medical school, he completed his residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. His average rating from his patients is 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Asarch accepts several insurance carriers, including Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic. He is professionally affiliated with Centura Health.

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Dr. Adam Daniel Asarch, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
3701 S Clarkson Street; Suite 400
Englewood, CO
 

Dr. Adam Asarch, who practices in Englewood, CO, is a medical specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. Dr. Asarch is professionally affiliated with Centura Health. Before completing his residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Dr. Asarch attended medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. He accepts Humana HMO, Humana Bronze, and Humana Catastrophic, as well as other insurance carriers.

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Dr. Joel Lee Cohen, MD
Specializes in MOHS-Micrographic Surgery
499 E Hampden Avenue; Suite 450
Englewood, CO
 

Dr. Joel Cohen is a specialist in MOHS-micrographic surgery. He works in Englewood, CO, Greenwood Village, CO, and Lone Tree, CO. He has a 5.0 out of 5 star average patient rating. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Cohen takes. He is a graduate of Mount Sinai 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.