How regular skin exams from your dermatologist in Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL can help you stay healthy
Are you doing everything you can to prevent skin cancer? Are you wearing sunscreen and not spending too much time out in the sun? Are you checking your skin regularly for suspicious moles and other abnormal areas of skin? Did you also know that regular self-checks of your skin can do a lot to prevent skin cancer?
These regular skin exams, both by you and by your dermatologist, can detect skin cancer in its early stages, which can lead to early treatment and an overall better outcome. It all begins with a skin exam, done on a regular basis. Dr. Jeffrey J. Heller at Heller Dermatology Center in Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL, offers a wide range of dermatology services, including regular skin exams, to help keep you healthy.
The Skin Exam Process
A regular skin exam focuses on moles, abnormal scaly patches of skin, skin lesions that don’t heal, and other skin issues. You should check your skin regularly and look for moles that are:
- Larger than 6 millimeters in diameter
- Poorly defined, and have irregular borders
- Asymmetrical and irregular
- Painful, swollen, red, or itchy
- New, or recurrent after being previously removed
If you are at risk of skin cancer, have a family history of skin cancer, spend a lot of time outside, or burn easily, you should also seek out regular skin exams from your dermatologist. Dermatologists specialize in skin conditions and diseases, and Dr. Heller is an expert at early detection of skin problems, including skin cancer.
If your dermatologist notices signs of abnormal tissue, a biopsy may be ordered to determine if the tissue is precancerous or cancerous. Early detection and diagnosis are critical in skin cancer treatment success, and it begins with regular skin exams. To learn more about skin exams and other dermatology services, call Dr. Jeffrey J. Heller of Heller Dermatology Center in Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL, today by dialing (386) 239-8700.