Day 29 of 30 Days of Healthy, Beautiful, Skin: Skin Cancer Screenings at North Atlanta Dermatology
By: Wyndi Kappes
My brother Ben was diagnosed with skin cancer at just 20 years old. And while his cancerous growth was easily removed, the event left my family on high alert. The Kappes’ are fair-skinned people who love being outdoors, which makes our risk for skin cancer greater. We are often encouraged by doctors to screen for it regularly.
We aren’t alone though. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, skin cancer can happen to any skin type and is the most common form of cancer in the United States with one in five Americans developing it in their lifetime. An easy way to stop skin cancer in its tracks is by getting regular skin cancer screenings like the one that saved my brother’s life.
For my most recent skin cancer screening, I visited North Atlanta Dermatology. There, Anjana Patel, a physician’s assistant, examined the mole on my face as well as the freckles on my arms and shoulders.
She explained that she looks for any abnormalities in shape, color, or texture and gave me a printout of photos (on right) and checklist so I could keep an eye on my skin at home. After she thoroughly checked my skin, she gave me the sunscreen talk, reminding me that while suntanned skin may be fashionable, it isn’t worth the risk. She then recommended that I wear zinc oxide sunscreen every day on my face, neck, and the upper part of my chest.
Anjana was knowledgeable and a pleasure to speak with and the whole process was quick and easy. My mind was put at ease knowing that I was checked out by a professional and good to go! Anjana recommended that I come back each year for a screening. And l promised her that I would do a better job when it comes to my sunscreen habits.
If you are interested in skin cancer screenings, keep an eye on North Atlanta Dermatology’s Facebook page here, where you can get the latest information on upcoming events and free screenings.
Details: 770.814.8222. NADerm.com. North Atlanta Dermatology has four offices.
3850 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth, GA 30096
3370 Paddocks Pkwy., Suwanee, GA 30024
3331 Hamilton Mill, Ste. 1106, Buford, GA 30519
1230 Bald Ridge Marina Rd., Ste. 300, Cumming, GA 30041