Clean Slate Laser Offers Free Radiation Tattoo Removal for Cancer Survivors
Local business launches ‘Erase Cancer’ effort
WHITE PLAINS, NY — For 6 years now, Clean Slate Laser, a NY/NJ based tattoo removal chain, has offered free professional laser tattoo removal of radiation tattoos to cancer survivors.
As part of common radiation treatments for various types of cancer, physicians use small dot tattoos to pinpoint the areas of a patient’s body that have been treated. These are just like any other type of tattoo, lasting the individual’s entire life unless removed. The “Erase-Cancer.org” free service was the idea of Clean Slate Laser owner and founder Mary Garnett, who is the daughter of a breast cancer survivor.
“We are very pleased to offer this no-cost service to those who’ve had difficult battles with cancer,” said Garnett. “Most of us know someone who has dealt with cancer in the past, and so we know how challenging it can be for patients. This is our small way of doing what we can to help out those who would like to move on after their cancer treatments.”
While some cancer survivors think of these tattoos as as a badge of honor after a tough battle, many others prefer to have them removed so that they do not have a daily reminder of a difficult experience. The removal of these tattoos can also signify that one has moved on after cancer and returned to their normal lives.
To take advantage of the free offer, patients must provide a letter from their oncologist that gives permission to participate in the program. And although Clean Slate Laser heavily promotes this service in October with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it remains an ongoing program all year long.
“Every person’s experience with cancer is different, and all survivors should get to decide if they want to keep their radiation tattoos or not,” said Garnett. “If they do decide to get them removed, our goal is to make it as easy as possible for them to do so.”
Clean Slate Laser uses recent advancements in laser technology to safely and permanently remove most tattoos. Their 5 NY & NJ laser centers focus on the removal and pre-cover up fading of tattoos, with friendly certified laser specialists who carefully examine each tattoo to determine how long it will take for a full removal. To learn more about the center, visit www.cleanslatelaser.com.