Dermatology Resources

North Atlanta Dermatology is an advocate and leader in the awareness and treatment of Skin Cancer; therefore, we encourage all our patients to schedule yearly full-body exams.

Early Detection Can Save Your Life!

The ABCDEs of Melanoma

Since skin cancer is so prevalent today, we recommend that everyone learn how to recognize the signs of skin cancer, use this knowledge to perform regular examinations of their skin, and see your dermatologist annually (more frequently if at high risk) for a full body exam.

Did you know?

*Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. One million new cases are diagnosed every year.

*Skin cancer accounts for more than 50% of all cancers combined, including breast, lung, and prostate cancer

*The two most common types of skin cancer—Basal Cell and Squamous Cell Carcinomas—are highly curable

*Melanoma, the third most common skin cancer, is the most dangerous. However, with early detection and proper treatment Melanoma has a high cure rate.

*Individuals with dark skin pigmentation do not contract melanoma as easily as those with fair skin, but once contracted, dark-skinned people have a lower long-term survival rate.

*Approximately, 90% of melanomas are caused by over-exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light or sunlight, other from the sun or tanning beds.

*When diagnosed early, skin cancer has a 96% cure rate.

Risk Factors

People with certain risk factors are more likely than others to develop skin cancer. Risk factors vary for different types of skin cancer, but some general risk factors include:

*Lighter natural skin color
*Family history of skin cancer
*Personal history of skin cancer
*Exposure to the sun through work and play
*A history of sunburns early in life
*Skin that becomes painful in the sun
*Skin that burns, freckles, reddens easily
*Blue or green eyes
*Blonde or red hair
*Certain types and a large number of moles

Risk Reduction

The best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect yourself from the sun. When used consistently, sun-protective practices can reduce a person's risk of developing skin cancer. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends five easy options for sun protection:

*Seek shade, especially during midday hours (10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.), when UV rays are strong and do the most damage

*Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin

*Get a hat with a wide brim to shade the face, head, ears, and neck

*Grab shades that wrap around and block as close to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays as possible

*Sunscreen with sun protective factor (SPF) 15 or higher, and both UVA and UVB protection. (Consult your dermatologist regarding the ingredients of your sunscreen). All sunscreens are not created equal. The ingredients are more protective than an increased SPF product.

Sunscreen and Sun Protective Clothing

Cancer cases have increased for those individuals who occasionally visit tanning salons! If you want to look like you’ve been in the sun, consider using a sunless self-tanning product, but continue to use sunscreen with it.

Here are a few more tips:

  • Don’t forget your ears, nose, neck, hands, and toes. Many skin cancers develop in these areas. Protect your lips, another high-risk area, with a lip balm that offers sun protection with an SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Sunscreen should not be used to prolong sun exposure. Some UV light gets through sunscreen.
  • Sunscreens should be applied to dry skin 15-30 minutes before going outdoors and reapplied approximately every two hours.
  • Be sure to reapply sunscreen after being in water or sweating.

Remember: Sunscreen does NOT make sunbathing safe.

Recommended Sunscreen Products:

  • Elta
  • Vanicream
  • Blue Lizard
  • Neutrogena
  • Aveeno

Our Locations

North Atlanta Dermatology has five locations around Northern Atlanta to serve you.

Duluth Office

3850 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth, Georgia 30096

Suwanee Office

3370 Paddocks Pkwy.
Suwanee, GA 30024

Hamilton Office

3331 Hamilton Mill, Suite 1106
Buford, GA 30519

Cumming Office

1230 Bald Ridge Marina Rd., Suite 300
Cumming, GA 30041

Marietta Office

1519 Johnson Ferry Road, Suite 175
Marietta, GA 30062