No Direct Link found between Tattoo Ink and Cancer: Research
A group of German researchers conducted a study to know whether tattoo ink was to be blamed for skin cancer detected in a 48-year-old man. Though the research team has not found any direct link between tattoo's ink and skin cancer, researchers have warned the connection is possible.
They have even urged doctors to be extra cautious for signs of squamous-cell carcinoma in patients who have reactions to tattoos. The man was diagnosed with skin cancer after four months of getting inked on his left leg.
The cancer was detected in an area of the tattoo, which was filled with red ink. Researchers could not establish link between the ink and cancer. The study, published in PRS Global Open, pointed out that there are no set guidelines for tattoo ink mixtures.
Therefore, there are chances that inks used in many countries may have carcinogenic substances. In several nations, the tattoo ink is categorized among cosmetics. In the USA, the Food and Drug Administration can check components used in inks, but generally the agency does not carry out extensive check on the inks.
In 2012, the FDA revealed about an outbreak of skin infections linked with tattoos. During the process of manufacturing, the ink might have been contaminated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 22 cases in New York, Washington, Iowa and Colorado.
Two companies were held responsible for the infections. One of them was Catfish Carl's in Arizona and another was not named publicly by the agency. The FDA warned of the risk of infection from the use of contaminated ink even if a person gets a tattoo made at a parlor that maintains the highest standards of hygienic practice.
The federal agency advised that a person should take medical help if his tattoo becomes painful, swells and becomes red. It is a good idea to have a record of the ink used, its manufacturer and other details that may prove useful if any problem occurs.
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