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Graham ONeill, 54, is technical marketing director at Imerys Minerals in Cornwall and lives near Mevagissey.
Graham was raised in the West Indies, and although his mother was very careful about protecting him from the sun, his exposure to the suns rays at an early age led to the discovery of melanomas on his skin in 1983.
Back then the treatments were quite severe, said Graham. It involved liquid nitrogen, scraping out the melanoma and cauterizing it. Not only was this very painful, but it also left scarring.
He now receives treatment with PDT, which is much better for him. He said: The treatment is extremely good. From a personal point of view it is much less unpleasant and seems to be more effective. It also treats quite a big area in one go, which means fewer treatments in the long run. The other issue with melanomas is that they keep coming back. With PDT I have found that they do not return as frequently and, when they do, they are far less severe.
On balance Graham is delighted with the treatments, which he has been receiving at Treliske Hospital, Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust in Truro. He said: Compared with the old way of doing things, PDT is a
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