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
"Dr. Yun is so welcoming and knowledgeable. I went for a Botox treatment and also made an appointment for a skin treatment. The office staff is also friendly. Parking is very easy in the lot. Highly recommend!"- L.A. / ZocDoc / Nov 20, 2019
"I had an amazing appointment with Dr. Yun. First and foremost, the office is practicing great COVID precautions. They aim for the experience to be as contactless as possible and have the appointment configured so you don’t run into other clients. Then, my appointment with Dr. Yun was just amazing. She did a thorough mole check and also addressed a few other issues I’d been experiencing. She really took time with me and made me feel heard. I was a first time patient, but this will definitely not be my last visit to Dr. Yun. Highly rec!"- C.F. / Yelp / Dec 10, 2020
"Dr. Yun is so nice and down to earth. She is so easy to talk to and is a good listener. She always remembers concerns discussed at previous appointments. I have been going to her for many years. I have had all forms of skin cancer. She caught my Melanoma before it took root. Since then I have been going for cosmetic treatments. She only tells you what she thinks could help. Never pushes any procedures.show more"- D.H. / ZocDoc / Jun 25, 2021
"It was my first time in that practice. My waiting time was very short. The doctor listened to all of my concerns and then did a detailed skin cancer screening which I appreciated a lot bc I have a lot of moles. He explained what I should focus on going forward in regards to my skin and answered all my questions while the examination. The staff was super friendly and nice. Everything is very modern, clean and COVID cautious. I felt safe & in good hands during my entire visit. I'll definitely go back for my next skin cancer screening next year. show more"- T.K. / ZocDoc / Apr 21, 2021
"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
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.