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Molescreen PDT specialises in diagnosing and treating skin cancer and sunspots. Queensland is the skin cancer capital
of the world. Most people who have been raised in Queensland will have some form of skin cancer during their lives.

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PDT: The Best Solution For Sunspots, Bowen’s Disease & Thin BCCs

Dr Johnson was one of the first doctors to use Metvix PDT (PhotoDynamic Therapy) in 2004 to treat skin cancer. The great advantages of using PDT are that it leaves no scarring and it also treats an area surrounding the disease.

It works very effectively and predictably for Sunspots, Bowen’s Disease and Thin BCCs.

Dr Johnson is very careful to select those cases who are suitable for PDT, ensuring that it is the best treatment for the type of skin lesion or sun damage.  His years of experience in skin cancer diagnosis and his extensive experience in this unique treatment method makes him the person  of choice when seeking advice about PDT.

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What is PDT? A cream and light treatment. The cream is absorbed by all skin cells, normal cells excrete it immediately whereas cells damaged by the sun, precancerous cells and early thin skin cancers retain it. When exposed to visible light at certain frequencies the cream releases an unstable form of oxygen and this kills the cells containing the cream. Leaving healthy cells unharmed. These healthy cells multiply taking the void left by the dead cells. The body’s normal repair process quickly leads to a normal and improved looking skin that has not been scared in the process.

Gentle Daylight PDT. This is an approved form of medical PDT treatment that involves using a cream and activating this with light. The classic method involves high energy red light, still necessary for some more advanced disease, it is often painful and has been available since 2003. The new method is painless with significantly less side effects and less down time. It is more cost effective making it more suited to treating large areas such as the whole face, hands and chest. Being an approved medical treatment some private health funds will contribute towards the cost.

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Our PDT Treatments

Gentle PDT

This is used for mild sun spots (actinic keratoses, solar keratoses)

It involves a single treatment with Metvix Daylight.

It is also used for moderate level sun spots (actinic keratosis, solar keratosis) where there is a pre-treatment to firstly remove any thickness of a keratosis by shaving. This will be sent to pathology to confirm diagnosis if required
and there will be one or two treatments with Metvix Daylight.

Classic PDT

This is used for severe sun spots (actinic keratoses, solar keratoses) where there is a pre-treatment of thick keratosis, a shave biopsy if required and one or two treatments with Metvix Original.

The Side Effects Of PDT:

Gentle PDT

There is mild pain.
There may be some redness lasting up to 5 days.

Classic PDT

There may be some pain managed with pain relief and refrigerated air
There may be moderate redness and swelling lasting just over a week.

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