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Skin cancer is the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells in the skin. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, and it is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in his or her lifetime. Skin is the largest organ of the human body, and when it is infected or sustains damage from the sun, skin cancer can become present. There are four types of skin cancer that that will be discussed here to give you important information.

  • Actinic Keratosis is a precursor for basal cell carcinoma. This is the most common form of precancer, and it develops on areas of the body that are regularly exposed to the sun. It typically appears as red or pink rough patches of skin.
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma comprises about eighty percent of all cases of skin cancer. The lowest layer of the skin is called the “basal layer” because it is made up of basal cells. Basal cells rarely travel outside of the basal layer, so basal cell carcinoma seldom spreads to other parts of the body. This form of cancer typically occurs in the head and neck, and is generally waxy, raised, pink to reddish bumps.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma affects the cells found in the middle layer of the skin. It is a more aggressive form of cancer than basal cell carcinoma, and it generally appears on as red, scaly, and rough skin lesions. Areas of the body that receive a high amount of sun exposure – such as the face, neck, lips, ears, arms, and hands – are at the most risk for squamous cell carcinoma.
  • Melanoma is by far the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It causes approximately seventy-five percent of all skin cancer-related deaths each year. Melanoma occurs in the skin cells that are responsible for making the pigment of the skin. Any time there is a spot on the body that follows these irregularities should be seen by a physician right away: asymmetrical in shape, the borders of the lesion are irregular, there is a change in the color or diameter of the lesion, and any time noticeable evolution occurs.

Limiting your sun exposure and wearing a sunscreen with a high SPF is the best way to decrease your chances of acquiring skin cancer. At Medical Dermatology Specialists in Atlanta, Dr. Jamie Weisman leads her thriving research and medical dermatology practice to provide thorough diagnosis and long-lasting treatment for all types of skin conditions, including skin cancer. Call today for a personalized approach to your skin and health care.

Posted on behalf of Medical Dermatology Specialists, P.C.

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

Phone: Call (404) 939-9220
FAX: (470) 312-2157

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Dr. Weisman was very professional, friendly, and engaged in conversation with terminology I would understand. Her beside manner was, quite frankly, surprising! It was one of the most comfortable visits I've ever experienced with a doctor.
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Dr. Weisman is a great doctor! She was very informative and personally! Her staff were very welcoming as well I'm glad I found her because she is the only doctor who truly explained what was going with me.
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I truly cannot express how thankful I am for this practice. I have been treated with kindness and immense care by every staff member I have encountered here. The nurses and assistants are beyond attentive and genuinely care for the patient. I have just received a treatment plan from Dr. Laura Biehl, and even if this particular treatment plan doesn't provide me relief, I am confident that Dr. Biehl will work to figure out a solution. She is extremely knowledgeable, listens to patient concerns, and takes time to answer patient questions. Dr. Biehl, and this practice are true gems. If you have any dermatological issues this practice is absolutely the best of the best.
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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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