A new light on Skin Cancer
Without protection, the sun will damage your skin. This is because sunlight contains harmful UV rays - UVA and UVB - and these can initiate a damaging chain of events that can lead to skin cancer. There are other determining factors, of course, including heredity and the environment you live in. However, both the total amount of sun received during your lifetime, and overexposure resulting in sunburn, can cause skin cancer.
The answerThe good news is that such skin conditions caused by the sun�s damaging rays may be treated with a new technique called Photodynamic Therapy �PDT" which uses a pure red light to treat the affected skin. PDT is a new and very successful method of treating localised skin cancers and lesions that could become cancerous if left untreated.
PDT has been used successfully to treat:1) Bowen's disease 2) Basal cell carcinoma 3) Actinic keratosis
Is Omnilux PDTTM a complicated procedure?No. Omnilux PDTTM treatment is usually a single treatment.
How does Omnilux PDTTM work?The treatment involves applying a special photosensitising cream to the skin cancer and then, after 4-6 hours - shining a pure Omnilux red light on the area to be treated. After treatment a special dressing is applied to the area and you will be allowed to go home.
Is Omnilux PDTTM safe?Yes. The treatment is simple and there have been no complications noted during the treatment and no long-term side effects.
Are lasers dangerous?Don�t worry, the OmniluxTM light is NOT a laser and the regulation authorities have also given it a health and safety (CE) seal of approval.
How successful is Omnilux PDTTM?The technology has already proven itself in UK hospitals over the last 14 years and globally for the last 4 years, with thousands of skin cancers treated successfully.
What are the advantages of Omnilux PDTTM?The light can reach difficult areas and be used on broken or poor healing skin. The light can also be used on areas of the body where scarring is undesirable, such as the face, legs and arms, an important consideration. Healing is rapid and the final quality of healing is usually excellent. The cosmetic result is very good. There may be slight discomfort or pain during the treatment, but the doctor can relieve this for you with a local anaesthetic that will numb the area.
Are there any complications?There have been no recorded complications or long-term side effects noted in 14 years of clinical studies.