Jeffrey J. Heller, D.O.  

511 N. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Daytona Beach, Fl 32114

790 Dunlawton Avenue, Suite H, Port Orange, Fl 32127

(386)239-8700

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By Heller Dermatology Center
February 20, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Moles  

Skin moles are nothing unusual. After all, many people are born with these concentrated spots of dark pigment. However, you must observe your moles over time, looking for any changes that could prove dangerous. Here at Heller Dermatology Center in Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL, Dr. Jeffrey Heller helps people watch moles and can analyze and/or remove them as needed.

Skin cancer and you

The Skin Cancer Foundation says that the five-year survival rate for malignant melanoma is 98 percent if this skin malignancy is found and treated early. Frequently, melanoma develops from ordinary skin moles which simply change even if they are not exposed to the UV rays of the sun.

As such, your dermatologist asks his patients to inspect their skin monthly, closely looking for moles that bleed, itch, or change in color, texture, or shape. If these signs are discovered, make an appointment at either one of our offices in Daytona Beach or Port Orange, FL, for a skin mole inspection.

Really, are moles dangerous?

Most are not. Many people are born with moles (these are congenital), or they may acquire them throughout childhood. However, in adulthood, moles should not increase in size or number—these are danger signs. As such, the American Academy of Dermatology has formulated a way for you to monitor your moles at home. Using this easily-remembered assessment tool, you'll know when to call Dr. Heller for his expert opinion.

Termed the ABCDEs, the tool looks like this:

  • A=asymmetry: If your mole were divided in half, each part should resemble the other in size and shape.
  • B=border: Healthy moles have smooth borders. Notches, scallops, or other edge irregularities are danger signs.
  • C=color: Color should be the same throughout the mole.
  • D=diameter: Most moles are no larger than a pencil eraser, and while some people do have larger ones, if the moles are healthy, they will not expand beyond their original size.
  • E=evolving: If a smooth mole becomes rough, bumpy, or just does not look the same over time, show it to your skin doctor. Also, if you have several moles, but one starts to look significantly different from others in the group, report this to Dr. Heller.

Be vigilant

A little caution goes a long way when it comes to healthy skin. In Port Orange or Daytona Beach, get the best skin care available with Dr. Jeffrey Heller and his team at Heller Dermatology Center. Phone us for an appointment at either location: (386) 239-8700.

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