October 31, 2014 – 06:19 am By Jummy Olabanji
VIENNA, Va. (WJLA) A local Virginia business is stepping up to help breast cancer survivors in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
UnTattooU in Vienna is offering free radiation tattoo removal for breast cancer survivors.
“We look at this as something that we can add to their care,” said Dr. Scott Berger, chief medical officer at UnTattooU.
Doctors often tattoo cancer patients with black dots in order to pinpoint where to do the radiation treatments, but the dots can be a painful reminder for many survivors such as Rebecca McCabe.
“Every time I saw them, it was a reminder of a very difficult time in my life,” said McCabe, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. She underwent both surgery and six weeks of radiation.
“Having [the dots] removed is really important to me, just to get that part of my life behind me,” said McCabe.
Anyone interested in signing up for the promotion should have the procedure approved by their oncologist before scheduling an appointment.