U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 38-year-old member asked:

Is it safe to get a tattoo considering that i had leukemia 20 years ago that has since been in remission?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Pedro Hernandez
Geriatrics 41 years experience
Maybe not: There has been some concern of transmission of hepatitis b and c virus through tattoong. We cannot assume that all needles and paint in tattooing parlors are sterilized appropriately. Besides, tattooing produces micro wounds to the skin with the theoretical possibility of producing wounds and infection. I would probably advice against it.
Dr. Scott Diede
A Verified Doctoranswered
30 years experience
Yes, assuming....: As long as you go to a reputable tattoo artist, assuming you haven't had any long term issues from your therapy 20 years ago, you would really be at no increased risk compared to the general population getting a tattoo.

Related questions

A 30-year-old member asked:
Am i allowed to get a tattoo when I have had leukemia?
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 26-year-old member asked:
How long after being in remission with leukemia are you be considered cancer free?
2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
A 36-year-old member asked:
What are the percentages of adult chronic leukemia going into remission?
1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Last updated May 17, 2016

Disclaimer:

Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.