New Study Reveals Potentially Toxic Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Tattoo Ink
As we know, many toxins in our products, food, and environment have the potential to lead to cancer. This does not mean that everyone will develop the disease. However, it is best to stay informed and know the risk before putting anything in or on your body.
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The scientists presented their findings last week at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society autumn meeting exhibition in Chicago.
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“We don’t necessarily know what the pigments break down into and so that’s the real concern,” said the study’s lead chemist, Dr. John Swierk. DailyMail.com. “It’s possible you have pigments that on their own are harmless, but photodecompose into something of concern.”
Aiming to monitor the American tattoo industry
Additionally, research revealed that many ink samples contained substances that were not listed on the label.
“Big companies make pigments for everything, like paint and textiles,” Dr. Swierk explained at last week’s press conference. “These same pigments are used in tattoo inks.”
The tattoo industry, they say, is “largely unsupervised,” which is why these experts are focused on creating a “comprehensive database of ingredients for different tattoo inks” in the United States. .
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The European Union has banned two specific types of pigments:blue 15:3 and green 7– after a similar finding in a 2020 study. However, German experts reportedly said they found both to have a “low level” of toxicity.
We know that tattoos, in some cases, can cause bacterial infections, and experts also say that tattoos can potentially affect a doctor’s results during an MRI, making it more difficult to diagnose cancer and diseases. other conditions.
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Dr. Swierk also noted that they were concerned about laser tattoo removal and the risk of cancer, “since we don’t understand how the laser changes pigments.”
Cancer patients turn to tattoo art
Yet, while we believe these concerns are valid and greater regulation is needed, many cancer patients are turning to body art as a form of expression, while primarily seeking solace after overcoming the sickness.
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Many breast cancer patients have been able to embrace their new bodies after mastectomy, the removal of their breasts, with the help of artists who tattoo nipples and other artwork on their breasts.
Dr. Raheem Nazeralia breast reconstructive surgeon at Stanford Health Care, explained the nipple tattooing process in a previous interview with SurvivorNet.
“Nipple tattooing is usually for patients who have had a skin-sparing mastectomy or delayed reconstruction,” Dr. Nazerali explained.
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“Generally, I tell patients there are three different types,” he continued. “There is a 2D reconstruction, a 3D reconstruction and a 4D reconstruction.”
2D is basically the tattoo done either by a tattoo artist, a medical assistant or an advanced practitioner, which gives color to where the nipple was supposed to be.
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“3D tattooing involves shading, so different amounts of shading, just like makeup, can make things look flat or can make things look three-dimensional,” he said. declared. “And by using color and shading, tattoo artists are able to provide excellent 3D reconstructions of a nipple that appear frontally to have a nipple papule, or the central part of the nipple, with surrounding color. “
Reflecting on your cancer journey through artwork
When getting a nipple tattoo or any other tattoo, just do your research to make sure the benefits to you as a person outweigh the potential risks. Many cancer fighters have overcome so much and choose not to live in fear, but we also have to consider the toxicity of certain products. Everything in moderation, they say. You do you!
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