Here is My Question:
I have been on fingolimod for 3 years and I know there is a risk of having skin cancer as a side effect. My question is that I am thinking of getting facial hair removal that uses/sprays laser to my face. The question is am l increasing the risk of skin cancer by exposing my skin to laser; also I live in a very sunny place. So exposure to both will or will not cause or contribute to skin cancer, l do not know. What is your advice?
There is no data available that could answer your question. The risk of skin cancers is higher with many of the immunotherapies used for treatment of inflammatory diseases. I have no knowledge of hair removal procedures contributing to this risk in any manner. The risks are very low to begin with and totally eclipsed by the risk of excessive sun exposure.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego
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