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Tattoos and Cancer

Could tattoos cause cancer? Scientists fear that toxins from tattoo ink could be absorbed into the body and accumulate in the spleen and kidneys, harming the body’s ability to filter out impurities.

Free Tattoo Cancer Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was diagnosed with cancer after getting a tattoo, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and we can help.

Scientists Warn Tattoo Ink Could be Toxic

Tattoo ink has a reputation for being histologically non-reactive, despite the use of different pigments which are not regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). However, a research team at the University of Bradford recently used an atomic force microscope (AFM) which allowed them to look at skin the nano-level, and found that the tattoo process remodels collagen, the body’s connective tissue.

Additionally, the researchers found nanoparticles from tattoo ink in the collagenous network of the skin and blood vessels. This seems to indicate that ink particles have the ability to leave the surface of the skin and migrate to other parts of the body, where they could penetrate organs and other tissues.

This is dangerous because tattoo dyes are unregulated and have been known to contain cancer-causing agents. The study’s authors believe this could become a serious public threat given the massive popularity of body art, noting:

“We need to do more work, but there is no question that these substances can be toxic. It takes a long time for the multi-step nature of cancer to show its face and I don’t think we should wait to see if there is anything wrong with these ingredients.”

Nanoparticles in Tattoo Ink Could Increase Cancer Risk

The nanoparticles contained in tattoo inks and dyes are ultramicroscopic, which means they can enter the bloodstream and accumulate in the kidneys and spleen. These organs filter toxins out of the body, and hindering their ability to do so could increase the risk of cancer. Additionally, some of the chemicals found in certain colors of tattoo ink have been associated with cancer including:

  • Red – Some red dyes contain mercury, which has been proven to cause cancer in laboratory rats and birth defects in babies of exposed women.
  • Greens and Blues – Contain cobalt, which has been found to cause cancer in animals.
  • Black – One ingredient in black ink, benzo(a)pyrene, is a known cancer-causing agent, and has been linked to skin cancer in petroleum workers.

Considering a Tattoo? Inquire Within.

If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo, you should ask the artist about the chemicals in the inks he or she uses, and avoid those that have the potential to cause cancer. However, like all lifestyle risk factors for cancer – cigarette smoking, obesity, alcohol and sun exposure – individuals must weigh the risks and benefits for themselves in order to make an informed decision.

Do I Have a Tattoo Cancer Lawsuit?

The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Tattoo Cancer Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new cases in all 50 states.

Free Tattoo Cancer Lawsuit Evaluation: Again, If you or a loved one developed cancer after receiving a tattoo, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a Tattoo Cancer Suit and we can help.

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