Why are tattoos associated with increased risk of cancer?

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  • Ink transportation to lymph nodes
  • Chemical composition of inks
  • UV radiation reaction to the ink
  • Mutagenicity of certain ink pigments
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      spothurgudespothurgude
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      A recent study from Sweden has found that individuals with tattoos have a 21% higher risk of developing lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. It appears that a significant portion of the tattoo ink is transported away from the skin to the lymph nodes, where it accumulates. This accumulation could potentially trigger low-grade inflammation in the body, which might lead to cancer. The study highlights the importance of regulating the chemical composition of tattoo inks. In the United States, nearly a third of adults have a tattoo, with 22% having more than one. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) classifies tattoo inks as cosmetics and their pigments as color additives. Traditionally, the FDA has not regulated the color additives in tattoo ink pigments, leaving local municipalities to establish rules for body art businesses.

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      navyfootdocnavyfootdoc
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      Interesting!

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