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3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

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

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11755 Pointe Place, Suite B-2

Roswell, GA 30076

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

5 Reasons to Schedule A Skin Checkup

Atlanta GA DermatologistsVisiting your dermatologist for a full body skin examination is your best protection for staying free of skin cancer. Not everyone’s risk for skin cancer is the same, and there are some warning signs that can put you at a higher risk than others.

If you are asking yourself whether or not you should schedule a skin checkup with your dermatologist, here are five factors to consider:

#1 Your Skin and Hair Type

Do you have red or blonde hair, fair skin, freckles or light-colored eyes? If so, you need to stay on top of your annual skin check-ups. These features make you more likely to get skin cancer.

#2 Your Number of Moles

If you have more than 50 moles, you should go ahead and get an annual skin check on your calendar. Moles that are asymmetrical, unusually large or changing in shape, size or color should be examined and closely monitored by your dermatologist.

#3 Your Family History

Your family’s history with melanoma should be strongly considered. This is the most serious of all skin cancers. Most melanomas develop around or on existing moles. Tell your doctor if you have an immediate family member who has had melanoma.

#4 Your Personal History

A telltale sign that you should get your skin checked on a regular basis is if you have a personal history of basal cell and squamous cell cancers or actinic keratosis. If untreated, about 1% of actinic keratosis turn into cancer. You will also be advised to have a comprehensive skin check if you have had any dysplastic nevi or strange moles in the past. Any suspicious moles need to be closely monitored for changes or growth.

#5 Your Sun Exposure and/or Tanning Bed Exposure

Last but not least, you need to be honest about your sun exposure if you are deciding on whether or not to have your skin checked. Exposing your skin to UVA and UVB rays for long periods of time will greatly increase your chances for skin cancer, even if you apply sunscreen. Frequent sessions in the tanning bed also put you at risk. In fact, if you’re under 30, weekly trips to the tanning bed increase your skin cancer risks by 75%.

Whether these factors pertain to you or not, it is always best to keep a close eye on your skin and call a skin care specialist if you notice any changes. A small skin concern that is treated promptly by a dermatologist goes a long way in protecting your overall health.

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

Our Happy Patients

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.