Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

Mon. - Fri.: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Serious Consequences of Too Much Summer Sun

As we start heading indoors after a summer of fun in the sun, it is important to be aware of one of the most serious drawbacks of enjoying that sun a little too much, specifically in regards to your skin health. Did you know that skin cancer is by far the most common of all cancers?

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer directly caused by too much UV exposure. The sun exposure pattern believed to result in melanoma is that of brief, intense exposure. In other words, a blistering sunburn puts you more at risk for melanoma, rather than years of tanning. Although melanoma represents less than 5% of skin cancer cases, it accounts for a large majority of skin cancer deaths. So the next time you think that extra application of sunscreen is okay to skip, you might want to reconsider the ramifications.

Just because you get a sunburn does not mean you will get melanoma. There are many other risk factors involved. For instance, your family history and your skin type play a role in your melanoma susceptibility. It is more prevalent in light skinned and light haired people that suffer sun burns more easily. Studies show that melanoma is actually 20 times more common in Caucasians than in African Americans.

Furthermore, if you think your young age is keeping you safe from skin cancer, think again. Although melanoma cases are seen more frequently in older adults, it is one of the most common cancers in people younger than 30 years old (especially younger women).

Rest assured that there are things you can do, even if you are at risk. These three steps can be essential to preventing tragic results of melanoma:

  • Make routine visits for skin cancer screenings a part of your healthcare plan
  • Give yourself appropriate self exams to diagnose any new or changing skin lesions
  • Always use protect yourself from the sun, with sun-protective clothing or sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB exposure

Olansky Dermatology Associates is proud to offer comprehensive skin cancer screenings to patients at any age. Enjoy your last days of summer fun, but be aware of the consequences of too much sun exposure.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates

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Buckhead Office

3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

Roswell Office

11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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Olansky Dermatology Associates

4.7/ 5.0

Based on 229 reviews

Jenny S.

The doctors and PA’s are great and very knowledgeable. I never have to wait to long and the office staff is always very nice. I also take my son there and they are great with him as well. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology.

Kristen R.

Olansky Dermatology is wonderful! Our whole family goes. My daughter has had terrible eczema through the years and both my kids had mollescum too. They always make things better and spend time explaining whats wrong and how to fix it.

Mike D.

I recently had a couple appointments at Olanksy Dermatology and was seen by Julia Lee. Julie was excellent and quickly took care of the issue I was having with my skin. I would highly recommend Olansky Dermatology and especially Julia Lee to anyone in need of a dermatologist.

Tamima D.

My husband is a patient of PA Sharon Doering I appreciate all she did for my spouse. She’s very down to earth & made him feel comfortable. Sharon communicated in a way that he can understand.
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Lisa H.

I see the physician assistant Sharon Doering and she has drastically improved my skin! I highly recommend this practice and their brilliant thourough doctors. I finally have glowing skin!

Betty G.

I have had excellent experience at Olansky Dermatology. Dr Burger is meticulous and thorough and has a most pleasant and calm manner. I have every confidence in her and this office.

Cheyenne G.

Very kind and understanding people. Dr. Bellamy and her nurse took the time to listen to all my concerns and never made me feel rushed.

Kishan P.

I was actually running a bit late, but they were very friendly and knowledgeable about what was going on with my skin. And also very timely.I will definitely stick with them!

Khol S.

Very professional and pleasant staff. When I arrived at my appointment this afternoon I was informed that my doctor called out sick and they tried calling to let me know but I just recently changed my number so they were unable to reach me. The receptionist was so sweet and helpful. Instead of leaving and making a new appointment they fit me in without an issue and without any waiting.

Susan H.

Dr. Ilyas was highly recommended to me so I decided to change dermatologists. I am so glad as I am pleased with his expertise and his highly professional manner. I am also delighted with Emily Raville, Aesthetician. She does a wonderful job and I am recommending her to my friends as well. I am completely satisfied – can’t get any better than that!

Lindsay S.

I have been going to Olansky Dematology for many years now, whether for a specific problem, or just for a really great deep facial, and I wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Every single staff member is knowledgeable and professional. The customer service I receive every visit leaves a positive and lasting impression. I always feel comfortable and at ease while I am there. Great staff!

Janet R.

I seem to live at this place! Whether it’s for an appointment with a doctor or for an aesthetic treatment, I am there frequently. I cannot say enough good things. Efficient, friendly, the best doctors, and a new aesthetic center with the latest in procedures and products to keep us looking almost as young as we feel. It’s always fun to see Emily and she knows just what to recommend.