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Health Alert: Getting tattoos can increase your cancer risks, say researchers

*Researchers, in a new study suggest getting tattoos can increase your cancer risks, noting tattoo ink often contains carcinogenic chemicals, as the tattooing process ‘invokes an immunologic response that causes translocation of tattoo ink from the injection site’

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Scientists publishing their findings in eClinicalMedicine have reported a link between tattoos and cancer of the lymph nodes, as the researchers submitted that the problem may lie in the ink.

The authors wrote: “Tattoo ink often contains carcinogenic chemicals, e.g., primary aromatic amines, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and metals,” the authors wrote. “The tattooing process invokes an immunologic response that causes translocation of tattoo ink from the injection site.”

The health experts reported the deposition of tattoo pigment in lymph nodes has been confirmed but the long-term health effects have not been unexplored.

In conducting the research, the scientists used Swedish National Authority Registers with full population coverage to investigate the association between tattoo exposure and overall malignant lymphoma as well as lymphoma subtypes.

Researchers, in the study also performed a ‘case-control study’ where they identified all incident cases of malignant lymphoma diagnosed between 2007 and 2017 in individuals between 20 and 60 years old.

Three random age- and sex-matched controls per case were sampled from the Total Population Register using incidence density sampling.

In the study, subjects who had tattoos had a 21 percent higher adjusted risk of overall lymphoma than subjects who had not been tattooed.

The researchers added: “Our findings suggested that tattoo exposure was associated with an increased risk of malignant lymphoma. More epidemiologic research is urgently needed to establish causality.”

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