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Phototherapy Safety

Healthcare Inspectorate WalesNarrowband UVB Phototherapy has a 30 year history of safe use.

In that time, there has been no increased risk of cancer, death, or even worsening of symptoms.

UVB Phototherapy is safely prescribed for adults, immune suppressed individuals, and pregnant and nursing women.

The following research has shown the benefits and safety of Phototherapy treatmentsphototherapy skin research

Research study  UVB phototherapy and skin cancer: E. Lee, MD, J. Koo, MD, and T. Berger, MD. The International Journal of Dermatology Vol 44, 355-360. 2004
Study reviewed all prospective and retrospective studies from 1966 to 2002 that attempted to quantify or qualify and additional skin cancer risk from UVB phototherapy. 3400 participants were involved.

CONCLUSION: UVB phototherapy is a common treatment modality for psoriasis and other skin conditions. All studies showed no increased skin cancer risk with UVB phototherapy.

Research Study -  No Evidence for Increased Skin Cancer Risk in Psoriasis patients Treated with Broadband or Narrowband UVB Phototherapy: A First Retrospective Study. M. Weischer, A. Blum, F. Eberhard, M. Rochen, and M. Berneburg. Acta Derm Venereol Vol 84; 370-374. 2004.
Followed 195 patients receiving broadband UVB or narrowband UVB over period from 1994 to 200 0 to assess skin cancer risk.

CONCLUSION: Phototherapy of skin diseases such as psoriasis is an effective and safe treatment modality. No evidence for an increased skin cancer risk for patients treated with either broadband or narrowband UVB phototherapy was found.


Safe treatment of psoriasis in pregnancy

Pregnant women with psoriasis should be aware that some treatments for psoriasis may harm their baby. The effect of many treatments is unknown, and for others the threshold for harm is also unknown. The appropriate treatment for psoriasis in a woman who is pregnant, or who plans pregnancy, will depend on the extent and severity of the skin condition. Topical therapy can be used with confidence, but avoid using large quantities of topical steroids and calcineurin inhibitors for long periods of time.

UVB phototherapy is safe for pregnant women with more severe psoriasis. If you are suffering from Psoriasis or any other skin condition during pregnancy, contact Clear Skin today on 02920 795775