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Only On 6: New Skin Cancer Treatment

As we head into Summer, we turn our attention to a new treatment targeting pre-cancer, and even the stuff you can't see.

It's amazing how doctors are now able to get things under control, so you hopefully don't have to go under the knife.

Treatment Deborah Morrow has already put to use. She loves to be outdoors and like many grew up playing in the sun.

Problem is as a kid, sunscreen wasn't top of mind, and now her fair skin is paying the price.

She started getting sun spots on her skin when she was younger, but one place on her arm that started off as a dry and scaly patch, turned out to be much more.

When she went to a doctor and had a biopsy done, they found it was cancer.

Deborah had it removed, but found she would likely have more, and she did.

But about two months ago, Dermatologist Dr. R. Terry Garbacz introduced her to a new treatment that she was a perfect candidate for.

The treatment has a pretty specific audience.

"This is for someone that has obvious skin cancer history and pre-cancer lesions present. Also for someone that has been treated for a number of years, with traditional liquid nitrogen or other treatment modalities." said Dr. Garbacz

PDT uses a blue light to attack potentially deadly cells.

"Not only the obvious skin cancer or pre skin cancer, but those that are not as obvious. What's going to be coming up in the next year, or six months, or sometime in the future."

Here's how it works. The small stick of medicine called the Levulan Kerastick is applied to the area, the patient then waits about an hour, and then comes back into the room for a 15 minute BLU-U light treatment.

PDT Goes Beyond Treating Skin Cancer

Amazingly PDT also has numerous other benefits, it's even used to treat severe acne.

It's been called the quickest and most effective way to control acne and clear the skin.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) reports that PDT targets three of the chief causes of acne: blocked pores, too much oil and overgrowth of bacteria in the skin's oil-producing glands.

It does not require dangerous oral medication or long term dosing of antibiotics, that require strict compliance and other complications.

PDT controls the hard-to-treat active acne by combining light and a special light-activated solution that targets and destroys it.

PDT also diminishes older acne scars leaving your skin smoother.

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