Jeffrey J. Heller, D.O.

511 N. Clyde Morris Blvd,
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
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Port Orange, FL 32127

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Posts for tag: Skin Cancer

By Heller Dermatology Center
June 08, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: moles   Skin Cancer  

skin cancer moleIf you’re at a higher risk of skin diseases like melanoma or carcinoma, it’s important that you watch the moles on your skin. Abnormal cells can grow inside of moles, even if they’ve been fine for many years. If a mole suddenly starts changing in appearance, schedule an urgent checkup with a Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL, dermatologist at the Heller Dermatology Center.

About Moles
Moles, sometimes called birthmarks, are small groupings of cells that look different from the rest of the skin. They can be dark colored or reddish in appearance. Some are slightly raised while others are flush with the skin. Some moles are present since birth (congenital), some appear in the adolescent years, and others show up later in life. Virtually everyone has at least one mole and most people have anywhere from 10 to 40 in various places.

Mole Concerns
Most moles are harmless and don’t need constant monitoring, but some need special attention, especially when a patient is at a higher risk of skin cancer. A normal mole will remain unchanged in appearance and is painless. Some moles slowly disappear with time. But when a mole begins to increase in size, change colors, or feel painful, that is a cause for concern. It’s a sign that the cells, called melanocytes, may be changing abnormally. An urgent skin exam by your Port Orange and Daytona Beach dermatologist should be the next step. 

What to Watch For
Dermatologists use an acronym called “ABCDE” to determine if a mole may be abnormal. Here is what to check for:

- Asymmetry (meaning that if you drew a line down the center, one side would not look like the other).
- Border irregularities (the edges of the mole look strange or undefined)
- Color changes or differences (a normal mole is one color).
- Diameter (a mole should not grow in size, which is why it’s wise to measure its diameter regularly).
- Evolving (one mole that evolves in any other way, including crusting, itching, or bleeding).

Is It Time for a Skin Checkup? 
Your Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL, dermatologist will confirm if a mole needs special attention. It’s up to you to schedule a checkup at the first sign of a potential issue. Call (386) 239-8700 today to schedule a skin appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Heller at the Heller Dermatology Center.

By Heller Dermatology Center
May 04, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: moles   Skin Cancer  

It’s important to recognize the warning signs that a mole might be cancerous.moles

Whether you spent years lathering on suntan oil and lounging in the sun or your family has a history of melanoma, it’s important to be aware of risk factors that could increase your chances of developing skin cancer. Furthermore, you should also take time to really get to know your skin so if changes do arise that you can immediately turn to our Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL, dermatologist, Dr. Jeffrey Heller, for care.

So, what are the warning signs that a mole might be taking a turn toward skin cancer?

It’s important that you are examining your own skin about once a month to look for suspicious moles or growth. If you are regularly performing self-skin exams you are going to be more likely to detect issues right away when problems are easier to treat. Even though you’ll want to pay the most attention to areas of the body that are more likely to be exposed to the sun like the head, face, arms and hands it’s still important to examine every area of your body (even in places you wouldn’t expect like your scalp or between your toes).

When examining your skin it’s important to remember your ABCDEs. If you notice a mole that has any of these warning signs then it’s important to call our Daytona Beach and Port Orange skin doctor right away:

  • Asymmetry: If one side of the mole is a different shape or size than the other side (draw an imaginary line down the center of the mole. Both sides should be even in shape and size)
  • Border: The mole has a blurry, uneven or poorly defined border
  • Color: The mole contains multiple colors or different shades of brown, black, white, or red
  • Diameter: The mole is bigger than the eraser end of a pencil
  • Evolving: Your mole is changing color, shape or size over time (healthy moles should stay relatively the same and shouldn’t change)

Of course, if you do have a suspicious mole that is displaying one of these issues this doesn’t necessarily mean that you might have melanoma. In fact, sometimes melanoma doesn’t follow these rules at all, which is why you should schedule a skin cancer screening once a year just to play it safe. Even those with little to no risk factors for skin cancer should still get screened.

If in doubt, don’t hesitate to turn to our dedicated and caring dermatological team for the care your skin deserves. We offer locations in Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL, to serve you better. Schedule your skin cancer screening today!

By Heller Dermatology Center
March 07, 2018
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Today's innovative treatment techniques make facing a skin cancer diagnosis much less frightening. Daytona Beach, FL, dermatologist Dr. skin cancerJeffrey Heller explains how skin cancer is diagnosed and treated.

How can I tell if I have skin cancer?

You may have skin cancer if you have:

  • Sores that don't heal
  • Shiny bumps that look like warts or pimples, but never seem to go away
  • Patches of dry, flaky skin that remain no matter what you do to treat them
  • Changes in moles (Moles that change color or size, bleed, are larger than a pencil eraser or develop irregular borders should be evaluated.)

Many of these signs can be very subtle. After all, most of us get pimples or notice dry skin occasionally. If you realize that you've had a spot or patch of flaky skin for more than a few weeks, it's time to schedule an appointment with our Daytona office. Changes to moles should be reported as soon as you notice them.

When you visit the office, we'll remove either the entire bump, spot or mole, or a portion of it, and send it to a laboratory for a biopsy. You'll receive a topical anesthetic before we remove the sample and won't experience any pain during the procedure.

What happens if I have skin cancer?

Should the biopsy reveal that you have skin cancer, we may recommend one of these treatments depending on the type and stage of cancer:

  • Topical Medications: Applying a prescription topical medication daily for six weeks can remove skin cancers confined to the outer skin layers. The medication works by triggering your immune system to make a chemical that kills skin cancer cells.
  • Cryosurgery: Liquid nitrogen freezes and kills the cancerous cells. Skin treated with liquid nitrogen blisters and eventually flakes away, taking cancerous cells with it.
  • Curettage and Electrodesiccation: After the cancerous cells are scraped off the skin with a metal instrument, a gentle electrical current is used to kill any lingering skin cancer cells.
  • Surgical Excision: Your dermatologist uses a scalpel to remove cancerous cells and a margin of healthy cells around the growth or spot. Additional surgeries may be necessary if a biopsy reveals that cancerous cells are still present.
  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery: Mohs surgery results in less scarring and less damage to healthy skin than surgical excision because the skin is removed layer by layer. After removing one layer, your dermatologist examines the cells with a microscope. Additional layers are removed one-by-one until there are no longer any cancerous cells present.
  • Radiation Treatment: Radiation treatment may be used to kill remaining cancer cells after other treatments or to treat cancer that has returned. It may also be recommended if you have cancer on the ear, eyelid or another area that's difficult to reach.

Prompt treatment is essential if you have skin cancer. Call Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL, dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey Heller at (386) 239-8700 to schedule your appointment.

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.

By Heller Dermatology Center
January 30, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Skin Cancer  

Skin cancer is a dangerous condition that can be prevented with proper sun protection and a regular skin evaluation routine. While sun skin cancerprotection is important, sunscreen alone is not enough to prevent skin cancer. Dr. Jeffrey Heller in Daytona Beach, FL, offers these helpful tips to increase your chances of preventing skin cancer.

Prevention Tips

It is best to stay out of the sun during the most dangerous times between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you must be in the sun, cover up as much as possible with a hat, UV-blocking sunglasses and other protective clothing. Always wear a UVA/UVB sunscreen with at least SPF 15. For those that will be in the sun for a long time, use SPF 30 and re-apply every two hours or immediately after sweating or swimming. Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before being in the sun.

In terms of home prevention, take time to examine your skin monthly from head to toe and note any changes. Your professional Daytona Beach dermatologist also should evaluate you annually for a full body exam.

Warning Signs of Skin Cancer

As with anything, the sooner something is found, the easier it is to treat. This means that getting to know your skin and understanding the changes with it is the most important step toward skin cancer prevention.

Here are some things to look out for:

  • Changes in the shape of mole
  • Changes in the size of mole
  • If pus or discharge is present
  • Does the spot hurt?
  • Is the area dry or scaly?
  • Do I have raised red patches that might itch?
  • Do my growths have raised edges?
  • Do I have open sores that won’t heal?

Schedule an Annual Dermatologist Exam Today

Scheduling an appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Heller, your Daytona Beach, FL, dermatologist at Heller Dermatology Center, increases your chances of diagnosing skin cancer early on. He can thoroughly inspect your skin for any signs of skin cancer and teach you self-exam tips. To schedule your appointment, call (386) 239-8700.



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