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3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

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11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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The ABCs of Mole Checks

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Some people have just a few moles, while others of us have an entire body covered in them. For such individuals, it may be more difficult to detect a new mole. Why would it be important to identify a new mole on your body? Only 25% of melanomas are from existing moles, which means that the majority of melanomas are new moles. It is equally important to be aware of changing moles, as this is a primary indicator of skin cancer.

A melanoma is a cancerous tumor that looks like a mole. Although it only makes up a small percentage of skin cancer cases, it is the leading cause of skin cancer deaths. Melanoma’s danger is due to the fact that its cells can spread easily throughout your body, including lymph nodes and vital organs. Your first step to detecting melanoma before it is too late is to discover it on your skin by checking your moles.

How Do I Check My Moles?

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends the ABCDE method for monitoring your moles:

  • Asymmetric shape – non-cancerous moles are symmetrical
  • Border irregularity – melanomas have notches or blurred edges while moles are more sharply defined
  • Color variability – the color is distributed unevenly in cancerous moles
  • Diameter – moles are typically smaller than ¼ inch
  • Evolution – changes in size, shape, and color can indicate a melanoma
  • Extra features – if a new mole is bleeding or itching, it could be cancerous

If you notice any of these features, consult your dermatologist for a full skin check. Olansky Dermatology Associates performs full body skin checks to identify suspicious moles or other areas of concern on your skin. We may choose to remove the mole and check it for malignancy.

Is Your Risk High?

Even low risk patients should engage in routine mole checks. However, there are certain groups of people that are at higher risk for melanoma. Those with larger moles have a greater risk for developing skin cancer as well as those with a history of frequent sunburns. If you have fair skin, blonde or red hair, and a family history of melanoma, you will need to be extra diligent in examining your moles.

How long has it been since you had your moles and freckles checked? Making that appointment sooner rather than later could potentially save your life.

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

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Olansky Dermatology AssociatesAtlanta Dermatologist
3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500
Atlanta, GA 30326
Phone: (404) 355-5484
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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

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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.

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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.