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

Freckle or Skin Cancer? Do You Know the Difference?

Mole Inspection Atlanta GA

Many of us have freckles, moles or birthmarks. Most have a combination of all three. It is easy to dismiss your brown spots as your natural complexion and common for people to assume they’d know skin cancer when they saw it. Sadly, skin cancer can look similar to freckles, moles and even eczema. Instead of risking the cost of missing the difference, let a skin care expert perform a full body check on you each year.

The Appearance of Skin Cancer

While skin cancer itself can be a scary experience, the appearance of skin cancer typically isn’t. In fact, skin cancer can take on many shapes, sizes and colors. It can also appear on any area of your body, including the places you don’t often see in the mirror.  Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, and it is known for its darker color. However, 1 in 5 Americans develop basal cell skin cancer, or squamous cell skin cancer, which commonly appears as a scaly, non-healing sore. While not as serious, it is equally important to catch these skin cancers early.

The ABCDE’s of Skin Cancer

Nearly everyone has freckles, moles and sunspots. So when is it time to worry? You can use this simple guide to help you determine whether to get a certain mole or freckle checked out:

  • Asymmetry
  • Border irregularity
  • Color irregularity or change
  • Diameter is larger than six millimeters (about the size of a pencil eraser)
  • Elevation

The above guide should never replace a skin exam from a dermatologist, but it can be a cue to get evaluated sooner rather than later. Remember that, like many cancers, early detection is critical when it comes to skin cancer. A dermatologist not only has the knowledge and training to detect suspicious skin lesions, but they are also equipped with the modern technology it takes to diagnose skin cancer at the earliest and most treatable stage.

If you notice a change in the way your freckle or mole looks or feels, make an appointment to see us. Instead of debating whether your scaly skin patch is eczema or cancer, let an expert give you an accurate diagnosis. Olansky Dermatology Associates performs professional skin exams for patients of all ages. It is a painless and quick visit that could save your life!

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

Our Happy Patients

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.
Thank You

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.