Treatment of Pre-Cancerous Lesions
It is better to prevent the formation of skin cancer than to wait until it is too late. That is why so much emphasis is placed on using sunscreen, wearing a hat and wearing protective clothing. It is also best to avoid sunlight between the hours of 10am and 2.30pm.
People at higher risk of skin cancer include:
- People who work outdoors
- Previously having had a skin cancer/family history of skin cancer
- Having a history of severe sunburns
- Actively tanning or using solariums
- Have a large number of moles on the skin
- Have a skin type that burns easily and is sensitive to UV
As we age, our skin accumulates damage from the normal ageing process as well as from external factors such as UV radiation. UV radiation has the ability to directly damage the cellular DNA which can lead to a loss/gain of function, mutation and skin cancer. Mutations significantly increase the risk of skin cancer within the cellular DNA. The most common types of skin cancer include solar (actinic) keratoses, basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and melanoma.
The first line of defence against the harmful effects of UV radiation is sunscreen. Sunscreen has the ability to absorb or reflect UV rays and therefore prevent it from penetrating into the skin. It is also important to cover up with a hat, sun protective clothing and sunglasses.
Skinworx offers Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) as a non-invasive treatment for skin cancer, precancerous lesions, sun damaged and aged skin. Incorporated is the use of a photosensitizing lotion (5 ALA) which is applied to the skin. The lotion is absorbed and a customised light source is illuminated onto the treated area of skin. A photochemical reaction is caused during this process which destroys metabolically active abnormal cells, leaving normal cells untouched. To find out more about PDT and ALA treatments for skin cancers, please go to the Photo Dynamic Therapy or ALA Treatment pages, or contact us below to arrange a consultation.