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3379 Peachtree Rd NE, Suite 500

Atlanta, GA 30326

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Roswell, GA 30076

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Can My Lips Get Skin Cancer, Too?

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Skin cancer remains the most common type of cancer in the United States. While it is easy to understand how the face, back of the hands and neck are susceptible to skin cancer, many people fail to consider their lips. The lips, just like the rest of your skin, are just as susceptible to skin cancer. While lip cancer is less common, it is often overlooked and still accounts for about 0.6 percent of all skin cancer cases according to reports from the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Who Is at Risk?
Lip cancer can include basal and squamous cell carcinoma (BCC and SCC). Males over 50 years old who are fair skinned are most likely to have lip cancer. If you want to avoid lip cancer, it’s important to understand the primary risk factors. The primary cause of lip cancer, accounting or nearly 90% of occurrences, is cumulative exposure to UV light. This begs the question: How often to you put sunscreen or an SPF lipstick on your lips before you go outside?
Lip cancer has also been linked to smoking, alcohol consumption, and immunosuppression. Due to its greater exposure to sunlight, the bottom lip is often more affected than the upper lip. The good news is that lip cancer is highly detectable and highly treatable!
Treatment for Lip Cancer
When it comes to skin cancer, early detection plays a critical role. Fortunately, the lips are an easy place to spot cancerous lesions. Mohs surgery is the most successful treatment for lip cancer, with a high cure rate and the most effective technique for conserving healthy lip tissue while eliminating cancerous cells.
How to Detect Lip Cancer
If you notice any change in your lip texture or color, it is best to see a certified dermatologist for an evaluation. Lip cancer can present itself like a wart or cold sore, except it won’t heal the same way. If your lip lesion is taking longer than two weeks to disappear, it is best to take a proactive approach and see a dermatologist. Some lip cancers will begin as a pale spot or look more like a scar. Therefore, you should make it a habit to examine your lips on a daily basis so that you can detect changes at the earliest possible stage.

Concerned about the health of your lips? Trust Olansky Dermatology Associates, we can diagnose and address all types of skin cancers, including those found on the lips. Make an appointment at our Atlanta office today – in the meantime, make sure you are protecting your lips from the summer sun!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Jodi E. Ganz, Olansky Dermatology Associates
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Olansky Dermatology Associates – Atlanta 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 1200+ reviews

Ashley A.

Mandy Ramer, NP-C was such a pleasure to meet with. She listened to all of my concerns and addressed each one with a plan that fit my needs. I am so glad I picked Olansky Dermatology. Absolutely thrilled with their service from appointment setting through check out.

Kara E.

The appointment process is quick easy and convenient online. Parking is easy enough. I got in basically right at my appointment time. I didn’t have to wait hardly at all. The doctors and nurses are nice, knowledgeable and helpful. The procedure I had was easy and I got out fast and was on my way.

Suzanne H.

This was probably the best experience I’ve ever had going to a dermatologist. Every interaction I had with the staff was pleasant and they were so helpful. I had accidentally cancelled my appointment and the girls at the front desk help me get in so I could be seen and someone could help me. Which I really appreciated, most places would have just turned me away. The doctor or pa I saw that day I can’t remember her name was lovely and took great care of me. I will be going to Olansky’s going forward. You will not be disappointed! The staff is excellent!

Coriana W.

Dr. Bender honestly changed my life around. I had extremely bad hormonal and cystic acne, and have been told for years that there is nothing I can do but wash my face and etc.. Dr. Bender gave me hope that there is hope she helped get my confidence back and now I’m finally free. She cares about her patients and takes her time with you every visit. If you need help in anything derma-logical then you really need to go to her.

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!