What is a Skin Cancer Screening and Mole Check?
Studies from the Skin Cancer Foundation show that 20% of Americans will have skin cancer. This number means it's vital to have routine skin exams, especially if you are a person that has a family history of skin cancer. Early detection is key, as this provides more treatment choices and improved results. Board-certified dermatologists Dr. Greg Van Dyke and Dr. Jasmine Yun offer comprehensive skin cancer exams and mole checks at their Studio City, CA office. To schedule a skin cancer screening or mole check, contact Van Dyke Yun Dermatology today.
Types of Skin Cancer
We look for four types of skin cancers during a skin cancer screening:
- Actinic Keratoses (AK): This type tends to form after the age of 40. Most commonly seen on the head, throat, hands, and arms, AKs appear as dry, scaly spots and are generally deemed precancerous since they can become squamous cell carcinoma.
- Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC): The most common kind of cancer, BCC can form anywhere on your skin and might appear as a pink area, or as a flesh-colored or pearl-like bump. BCC has to be treated because it has the potential to grow into the bones and nerves, causing disfigurements and damage.
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC): The second most common form of skin cancer, SCC develops on skin that gets the most sun exposure. SCC looks like scaly patches; firm, red bumps; and/or sores that frequently reopen. All these should be eliminated to avoid disfigurement and damage.
- Melanoma: This kind of cancer grows abruptly as a dark area on the skin and is identified using the ABCD rule — Asymmetry, Border, Color, and Diameter. Melanoma causes most skin cancer deaths so it needs to be treated as soon as possible once it's diagnosed.
Skin Cancer and Mole Check Reviews
"I’ve been going to Doctor Yun since for about 8 to 10 years now. I would drive from West Hollywood to West Hills to see her because she definitely earned my trust.Now to fast forward a few years I actually moved to West Hills but she moved to Studio City which is where I go visit her now. Normally it can take a few weeks to get an appointment with Doctor Yun but the moment I told her staff that I thought I found Skin Cancer they booked me an appointment within a few days. Doctor Yun also let me email her photos because it was New Years Eve and I was totally a mess and super scared. On New Years Eve Doctor Yun emailed me back not once but twice ensuring me that everything was going to be ok. This helped me get through the few days of waiting to see her. Fast forward again to my appointment, it was great to See Doctor Yun in Person again because of Covid our last visit was on FaceTime. She took a look at my bump on my temple and began to numb me up and remove it. The procedure took about 3 minutes. We chatted for a few minutes and she told me that she would send it in for a biopsy. I waited about 3 days and the results were in but unfortunately The Cancer was not all gone and I needed to have more of that section removed. Doctor Yun called me personally and offered to see me the next day but I opted to see her 2 days later to give myself time to prepare for the second surgery. My new appointment arrived this time my brother came with me ( he’s also her patient ) and Doctor Yun Came into the room and completed the procedure again in around 3 minutes. Another Few days passed and I received a voicemail from Doctor Yun that I was Cancer Free!!!! It honestly felt like someone removed a bolder off my chest. Thank you to Doctor Yun and her very polite and compassionate staff. I sincerely appreciate everything you have done for me and my family. In terms of recommendations - it’s my opinion that Doctor Yun is one of the most experienced dermatologists in the United States and you would be lucky to have the chance to resolve any issues you might have with her."- J.D. / Yelp / Jan 19, 2022
"I was referred to Dr Yun when her office was near Woodland Hills several years ago. I travel from Ojai to Studio City to maintain my relationship with Dr Yun now as I find her to be the kindest, most talented dermatologist I’ve been lucky enough to find. I’m 63, I’ve had a few! She is patient and kind from skin cancer to micro needling, never upselling, yet keeping me informed always of new products. The staff is very efficient and courteous and runs the office impeccably. I can’t imagine being in anyone else’s hands for my dermatology needs. Do not hesitate to see Dr Yun. Seriously!"- L.M. / Google / Jan 18, 2023
"Lovely clean office. - easy to find and welcoming staff. Dr Yun was very sweet and made me feel at ease for my full body mole check. She was also kind enough to take a look at a few other concerns and gave me a prescription for a scalp issue. Would definitely recommend. "- Anonymous / ZocDoc / Mar 29, 2022
"Dr. Hu, once again saved my life, checking and finding some skin cancer on my hand. "- R.K. / ZocDoc / Mar 01, 2023
" A++++ My first, but not last, appointment with Dr. Yun. Wonderful experience! Charming office. Lovely staff. Excellent follow-through phone call received directly from the doctor. This visit was for a skin cancer check, including a couple of biopsies. I'll return for skin cancer checks as needed, but I also hope to have an IPL treatment soon."- J.F. / ZocDoc / Jul 19, 2023
How Do Skin Cancer Screenings and Mole Checks Work?
While men and women with a fair complexion are at greater risk, all skin types and tones can get skin cancer. Van Dyke Yun Dermatology recommends people do routine self-exams of their skin so they know what is there and if a spot changes. Skin cancer screenings should be scheduled anytime you are worried that a spot on your skin changes, bleeds, or itches, or yearly if you've had skin cancer in the past. During skin cancer screenings at Van Dyke Yun Dermatology, one of our skilled dermatologists will check your entire body for birthmarks, moles, and any other abnormal growths. We might create a map of spots to indicate regions of concern and to help us identify new growths at future checks. Following your examination, we will review your results and any recommended actions. From there, we'll schedule your next appointment. In cases where we need to biopsy a suspicious area, we will numb the area and shave off a small sample to send to a pathology lab for evaluation. We will do our best to minimize the appearance of scarring and take the smallest skin sample possible during the biopsy. After our team receives the pathology report, you'll be contacted to hear the results.
Detect and Treat Skin Cancer
Knowing your risk and how to detect early signs of skin cancer are two important keys to the successful treatment of skin cancer. If you're due for an annual skin exam, then contact Van Dyke Yun Dermatology in Studio City, CA. Whether you are already visiting our dermatologists for other treatments, are at a greater risk for developing skin cancer, or you have questions about a strange growth on your skin, schedule a skin cancer screening with Dr. Greg Van Dyke or Dr. Jasmine Yun today.