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The risk for skin cancer significantly increases as more of your skin is exposed to the sun during warmer months. The good news is that the majority of skin cancers are completely preventable. Here is everything you need to know to help you reduce your risk for skin cancer.

Common Forms of Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells typically as a result of exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. One of the most common forms of skin cancer is basal cell carcinoma. This skin cancer appears as waxy bumps or flat scar-like lesions. Squamous cell carcinoma appears as red lumps with a scaly surface.

Melanoma is considered to be the deadliest form of skin cancer. Melanoma can show up in a variety of ways, such as moles that change in appearance to dark lesions or brown spots. According to the American Cancer Society, melanoma is responsible for approximately 75% of skin cancer deaths. Approximately 5.4 million squamous and basal skin cancers are diagnosed each year.

Factors that Raise Skin Cancer Risk

While skin cancer can happen to anyone, certain factors for some individuals can increase the risk. You can be at greater risk if you have a family history of skin cancer or a weakened immune system. Lighter skin and heavy sun exposure can also contribute. You may also have increased risk if you have had multiple severe sunburns or prevalent moles.

Ways to Reduce Skin Cancer Risk

There are several ways you can help reduce your risk for skin cancer. Wear sunscreen whenever you are outdoors and apply frequently. Limit midday exposure to the sun, even on cloudy days. Cover your arms and legs as much as possible with protective clothing. Perform self-checks on a regular basis and consult with a dermatologist about any changes immediately.

Skin Cancer Screening and Treatment

Being proactive can significantly reduce your risk for cancer. Early detection can make skin cancer treatable and defeatable. Medical Dermatology Specialists offers skin cancer screenings and personalized treatment options to reduce your risk. Call to schedule an appointment for your comprehensive skin cancer screening today

Medical Dermatology Specialists, Inc.
5730 Glenridge Dr, Suite T-100
Atlanta, GA 30328
(404) 939-9220

Monday – Thursday 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

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5730 Glenridge Drive, Suite T-100
Atlanta, GA 30328

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FAX: (470) 312-2157

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Contact Medical Dermatology Specialists

If your skin disease is affecting your quality of life or you have been told your skin disorder is no longer treatable, we invite you to discover our unique medical dermatology practice in Atlanta. You will find a team of experts in dermatology who are not only dedicated to treating your skin symptoms, but who will work with your primary care doctor and other specialists to give you the comprehensive skin care approach you need to be healthy. Dr. Weisman can show you what it means to have a doctor who is truly an advocate for your health.

Contact our Atlanta Dermatologist today for personalized care and strong expertise in skin care for your entire family.


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Medical Dermatology Specialists, P.C.


5730 Glenridge Drive, Suite T-100
Atlanta, GA 30328



Phone: (404) 939-9220
Fax: (470) 312-2157
Research Fax: (470) 312-2156

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Mon - Fri: 7:45AM - 4:45PM
Sat - Sun: Closed

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