About Dr Ian Johnson
Dr Ian Johnson specialises in diagnosing and treating skin cancer and related diseases. After practicing for many years he is known for his vast experience and technologically advanced treatment methods, having often paved the way for skin cancer treatment throughout Queensland.
He established the first skin cancer screening clinic in Queensland in 1997 and was the first practitioner to establish computer aided dermatoscopic examination of skin cancers. Dr Johnson has used this state of the art equipment to photograph thousands of moles and monitor their changes over time, which has given him a deep understanding of the variations in moles and how they evolve. On top of his in-depth technical knowledge and expertise, Dr Johnson believes that every patient deserves a comprehensive approach to their skin cancer checks. This is why he not only thoroughly examines your skin, but will spend time learning about your relevant medical and family history as well as current lifestyle habits so that he can see the complete picture and suggest an ongoing surveillance plan accordingly.
Regular full body skin examinations are alarmingly uncommon, especially in Queensland which is the skin cancer capital of the world. Skin checks at Molescreen PDT are extremely thorough to ensure that no mole or skin lesion is left unchecked. A dermatoscope (or microscopy) examination will reveal evidence of a melanoma. This state of the art equipment combined with Dr Johnson’s years of expertise result in swift discovery of melanomas and any other skin cancers, please note that early detection leads to a far more successful treatment.
Preventing skin cancer is about knowing and managing risk, which is why it is not only crucial to have your skin checked but also monitored. In 2008 Dr Johnson introduced Total Body Photography (SkinMap) to Molescreen PDT. This process produces a a photographic record of the patient’s skin and allows monitoring of moles that change over time allowing early detection of any changes. Melanomas will exhibit change over as little as 8 to 12 weeks and this can be documented with dermoscopy. Most melanomas are new so having a photographic record will ensure these are recognised. Moles don’t usually change, again documenting change will help to detect disease. It is much less common after the age of 45 or 50 to get new moles. If a new mole is detected after that age then earlier removal is possible with improved outcome.
If skin cancer is found during a skin check, rest assured you are in safe hands. In 2003 Dr Johnson was one of the first to use PDT technology in Australia to treat skin cancer and has successfully treated several thousand skin cancers since then using this non scarring treatment. His many years of experience using PDT with Metvix places him in a unique position to select and advise those patients who would most benefit from it. There are many treatments available for skin cancer and the important thing is knowing which one to choose.
When it comes to choosing the right treatment, Dr Johnson is well placed to advise you. He is conscious of the need to ensure safe and complete treatment of skin cancers whilst preserving optimal cosmetic outcomes.
When diagnosed early, most cases of skin cancer can be treated and cured with excellent results. This is why Molescreen PDT places such importance on regular checks and skin monitoring. To make an appointment to see Dr Johnson, please contact us.