Toxic Inks from tattoos could Cause Cancer: Experts

Toxic Inks from tattoos could Cause Cancer: Experts

Do you like getting tattooed? Well, if you do, you need to consider the findings of a study before giving tattooing a go ahead. It has been revealed by experts that toxic inks from tattoos can spread into people's bodies, increasing the risk of cancer.

Enough evidence has been found by British scientists that nano-particles from the tattoo inks can get into major organs of the body. Tattoo ink manufacturers also acknowledge the fact that 5% of tattoo studios make use of inks that contain carcinogenic compounds.

Desmond Tobin is a director of Bradford University's centre for skin sciences. He has shown with Colin Grant, who is a medical engineer at the university, that dyes permanently damaged the body's connective tissue. Also, nano-particles of tattoo pigments permeated into the body.

Tobin said the dyes are likely to enter the bloodstream and accumulate in the spleen or the kidneys. Both the organs are responsible for filtering impurities from the blood.

"It takes a long time for the multiple-step nature of cancer to show its face. I don't think we should wait 20 years to see if there is anything wrong with these ingredients", he said.

The study by Jorgen Serup, professor of dermatology at Copenhagen's university hospital, said there were cancer-causing chemicals in 13 of 21 commonly used European tattoo inks.

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