Tips To Prevent Skin Cancer and What To Look For

Dr. Jeffrey Heller is your dermatologist in Daytona Beach, FL. The skilled medical team at Heller Dermatology Center is here for all your skincare needs. We help patients with all kinds of skin problems including concerns about skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed type of cancer and you need to be diligent about protecting your skin.

Protecting yourself from the sun's UV rays is the best thing you can do to prevent skin cancer. Talk to your dermatologist in Daytona Beach, FL, about the best sunscreen to wear for your skin, and look for non-comedogenic sunscreen, meaning it doesn't clog your pores. A lot of clothing now is made to protect you from UV rays and still be lightweight so consider long-sleeved clothing. You should still keep regular examinations to look for signs of skin cancer in Daytona Beach, FL. In between appointments, look out for these warning signs of skin cancer:

  • Changes in the appearance of your skin overall like new moles or dark spots.
  • Changes to skin after a mole removal - If you have a mole removed, keep a close eye on the healing skin. If you notice a change in the color or texture of the skin it could mean cancer has spread deeper into the skin.
  • Changes in fingernails and toenails - Examine your fingernails and toenails regularly for dark spots or what looks like streaks under the nail.
  • Persistent sores or bleeding - Moles that bleed can indicate skin cancer, and skin cancer can also cause open sores that don't heal.
  • Impaired vision - Ocular melanoma affects the eyes and can cause the presence of floaters in your vision or blurred vision.
  • Scaly patches - Dry, scaly patches of skin can be a sign of several things including actinic keratosis, which can develop into squamous cell carcinoma.
  • Itching - If you have unexplained itchy skin that is persistent and confined to a certain spot or mole, it could indicate skin cancer

If you notice any of these changes in your skin, don't hesitate to contact us. At Heller Dermatology Center, Dr. Jeffrey Heller is your dermatologist in Daytona Beach, FL. Contact us for an appointment at (386) 239-8700.

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