Tips To Prevent Skin Cancer And What To Look For

Skin cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells because of sun exposure, although other areas not necessarily exposed to the sun may also form cancer. Dr. Jeffrey Heller of Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL, provides patients with the knowledge needed to protect yourself against cancer.

What types of skin cancers are there?

There are three major types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. If you know what to look for and take the necessary precautions, you can prevent cancer, or catch it at its earliest stages. So, what should you look for? According to your Skin Cancer Daytona Beach specialist, be on the lookout for these:

  • Large brown spots with darker speckles on other parts of the body.
  • Already-existing moles that begin to grow, itch, or bleed.
  • Brown or black streaks under the nails.
  • A sore that repeatedly heals and re-opens.
  • Clusters of slow-growing pink or red scaly lesions.
  • Dark lesions on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet.
  • Translucent dome-shaped growths.

Another way to better keep a lookout for cancer, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, is by using the ABCDE guide when evaluating moles:

  1. Asymmetry: Both halves of the mole don't match.
  2. Border: The edges of the moles are poorly defined.
  3. Color: The whole mole doesn't have a unicolor.
  4. Diameter: The mole is more than six millimeters, but may also be smaller.
  5. Evolving: A mole or skin lesion that differs in size, shape, or color from the rest of the moles.

How to Prevent Skin Cancer Daytona Beach

  • Staying out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Cover arms and legs with clothing.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
  • Use sunblock with SPF of 15 or greater to protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays.
  • Perform regular self-examination of skin monthly.
  • Get regular skin examinations from your Daytona Beach and Port Orange FL dermatologist.

Do you need a consultation?

If you would like to learn more about Skin Cancer Daytona Beach, contact Dr. Jeffrey Heller of Daytona Beach and Port Orange, FL, at (386) 239-8700.

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