Can tattoo inks cause cancer?


Are you a fan of extravagant tattoos? Here’s something you need to know before you get inked!

There was a time when maybe 1 in 10 people would actually go ahead and get a tattoo done. But, today, there has been a considerable increase in the number of people getting inked. With the growing flare towards getting that permanent art on their bodies, newer tattoo salons keep springing across the length and breadth of the country. But, the question here is, are the artists who work in these salons have complete knowledge on what they are handling. Have they been instructed to follow guidelines, and health measures? Little do we know about how things are done.

Are tattoo inks toxic?

While some like to go with the conventional black, there are others who like their body arts dramatic and colorful. But, do you have any clue about the inks that are used in adding life to your tattoos? Recent reports suggest that certain parlors use inks that contain chemicals that might contain carcinogens. But, their link to cancer is not clear. In fact, there is very little knowledge about the compounds used in these inks as newer methods and techniques are being used in creating the same, making it difficult to analyze.

Effects of tattoo inks

While linking tattoo inks with cancer might remain out of question for now. There are chances of allergies, itching, swelling, and other skin severities with the use of improper dyes. Not just these, inappropriate mix of dyes can also worsen the situation causing sepsis (bacterial infection in the blood stream). This can lead to life-threatening consequences as well.

Precautionary Measures

Getting inked is never a bad idea provided you make sure you are careful about when, where, and how you get your tattoo done.
1. Choose a well-renowned tattoo parlor with trained tattoo artists.
2. Ensure the needles and other equipment used in tattooing are well sterilized.
3. Have a word with your artist regarding the types of dyes used.
4. Mention in prior if you are allergic to needles or any other chemicals.
5. Consult with your doctor regarding your medication if any and clarify if tattooing will trigger any adverse reactions or infections.

Tattoo is a wonderful art form and an age-old medium of expression. But, as techniques advance, so are the chances for infection/ allergies. Put a little thought over the procedure involved and you’re all set to have the best experience of your life.


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