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Forum Name: Breast Cancer
Question: risks of laser hair removal or drysol?
|smoon - Sun Sep 16, 2007 12:58 pm||
Hi, I have gotten the hair of my underarms removed by laser hair removal (by a certified technician using IPL), and want to know if laser hair removal in that area can have consequences for the breasts since it's nearby? Similarly I use drysol, and want to know if it could be dangerous/cancer risk to the breasts or nodes there (because it has aluminum etc in it)
Finally, I am considering doing laser hair removal in the bikini area (possibly a full brazilian) -- does that pose a danger to my reproductive system/eggs due to proximity? (i don't know if this last question belongs in another forum)
23 year old female
|Debbie Miller, RN - Wed Sep 19, 2007 10:54 am||
In both cases I must say that there is no evidence to verify that they would cause cancer, but keep in mind that lasers are new technology. While there has been no known association, there is no way to say for certain. It takes many years for some cancers to develop. Also, it is believed that genomics plays a part - some people are more susceptible to particular cancers than others. One day they may be better able to predict who is predisposed so those people can avoid possible exposures that might increase their risk. Some information about laser use is on the American Cancer Society website http://www.cancer.org
You can search their site for particular types of cancer and substances such as laser and aluminum.
Just know that any new procedure, no matter how good it is, has limited history for evaluation of safety. Most of the consents you sign will indicate there could be unknown factors and you must use at your own risk. Almost all procedures, even those with good track records come with some possible adverse affects and we must gamble each time to some degree. It comes down to personal choice.
The aluminum/cancer connection has never been proven, though the suspicion has been out there for quite a while. The American Cancer Society has issued a statement dispelling rumors that antiperspirants cause cancer.
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