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Types of skin cancers that are treatable with the Mohs Surgery

June 13, 2012


Dr. Richard Asarch, who is board certified in dermatology and a fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery with a full practice and medical spa in Denver, Colorado joins eHealth Radio.

Listen to interview [audio player below] with host Eric Michaels & guest Dr. Richard Asarch discuss the following:

  • What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
  • What types of skin cancers are treatable with the Mohs Surgery?
  • What can a patient expect on the day of surgery?
  • How effective is the Mohs Surgery?
  • How often should one be seeking checkups to prevent skin cancer?
  • What age group is at more risk for skin cancer?
  • What should a patient look for when choosing a Doctor to perform Mohs?


Dr. Richard Asarch heads the Asarch Center for Dermatology and Laser in Denver, CO, its accompanying state-of-the-art DermaSpa and is an Associate Clinical Professor for the Dept. of Dermatology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. As one of America’s top medical doctors, Dr. Asarch has spent 35 years in practice evaluating and adopting the latest advances in cosmetic dermatology. His experience and continued dedication to skin wellness led to the creation of DermaSpaRx, a comprehensive line of products designed to meet the needs of individual skin types.

An innovator in skin health, Dr. Asarch published his first book, “Turn Back Your Face Years” after studying the aging process of patients’ skin over decades. His theories on how skin ages and how that process could be remedied include dietary aspects he has addressed in his second book, “Beautiful Skin Diet” -recipes with ingredients that promote healthier skin.

These two pieces, topical skin care and diet, are two facets of what Dr. Asarch calls the four spheres in a complete skin care regime. The other two spheres are prevention and procedures. He practices his four-sphere theory out of his offices in Denver, CO where he also opened the first medical spa in the state.

His credentials start with earning his undergrad and medical school degrees at the University of Iowa. After he completed his internship at Good Samaritan Hospital in Oregon, he served as a General Medical Officer at McChord Air Force Base in Tacoma, Washington. He studied for a year in the Department of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery at the University of Iowa followed by another year of general surgery residency at the same institution. In addition to his private practice, he is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the Department of Dermatology.

Dr. Asarch introduced Mohs Micrographic surgery, the procedure that has the highest cure rate for all skin cancers, to the State of Colorado in 1977 after he had studied with Dr. Frederic Mohs in Madison, Wisconsin. In 1983, Dr. Asarch was the first doctor in Colorado to incorporate laser treatments for skin issue correction. His current practice now houses seven state of the art lasers.

Dr. Asarch set up his dermatology and medical DermaSpa practices across the hall from each other, to give patients instant access when medical and cosmetic dermatological issues intertwine.

Dr. Asarch is married and has four sons and one daughter.



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