Jeffrey J. Heller, D.O.

511 N. Clyde Morris Blvd,
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
790 Dunlawton Ave., Suite H
Port Orange, FL 32127

(386) 239-8700

Posts for: March, 2017

By Heller Dermatology Center
March 23, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: moles   Skin Cancer  

Are you concerned about a change in a mole? Dr. Jeffrey Heller in Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL, explains what to look for and molesexplains how mole changes can affect your health.

Is it just my imagination?

If you're like most people, you probably don't spend too much time looking at your moles and may second guess yourself if you do happen to spot changes. Unfortunately, failing to see a dermatologist if you notice a difference in a mole is a bad idea. Mole changes can be a sign that you have a potentially deadly form of skin cancer called melanoma. Monthly self-exams can help you easily spot signs of trouble.

What types of changes could signal a problem?

Any of these changes could indicate that you have a melanoma:

  • Color Changes: Has your mole changed from brown to black, red or another color?
  • Size: Is your mole bigger than a pencil eraser?
  • Changing Borders: Are the edges of the mole rough, irregular or blurred?
  • Unusual Shape: Is your mole any other shape than round or has it increased in height?
  • Texture: Has the mole suddenly become bumpy or is there another type of texture change?
  • Dryness: Is the surface of the mole dry or flaky?
  • Pain and Bleeding: Does the mole hurt or ooze blood or fluids?
  • Itching: Is your mole itchy?
  • Inflammation: Does the skin around the mole look red or swollen?

What's the next step if I notice a problem mole?

If you're concerned about a mole, call Dr. Heller's Port Orange or Daytona Beach office to schedule an appointment. Suspicious moles are generally removed and biopsied to determine if cancerous cells are present. Keep in mind that a change in a mole doesn't necessarily mean that it's cancerous. If you do have melanoma, you will need surgery to ensure that no cancer cells remain in your skin.

Skin cancer surgery used to cause significant scarring, in some cases. Today, skin doctors can often use less destructive Moh's surgery. The surgery preserves healthy tissue and reduces scarring because it removes skin one layer at a time.

Any change in a mole should be examined as soon as possible. Call Dr. Heller at (386) 239-8700 to schedule an appointment in his Port Orange or Daytona Beach, FL, offices.




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