No! Think about this why do you put anything on your skin that gives you cancer?
Do tattoos cause skin cancer?
If you have been keeping track of the various experiments that have been performed on tattoos, from giving people tattoo facials to getting teenagers tattooed on their upper legs so they can get used to having fake skin on their legs, it appears that tattoos do not cause skin cancer. The skin cells that were tested in the tattoo treatments caused an increase in skin cancer. But it was a dose-dependent effect.
Dr. Jeff Leer, a dermatologist in New York City, told CNN, “I doubt if any skin cancer cases would have been prevented by having a tattoo.”
Instead, one study found that one tattooed area of the body caused as much skin cancer as 30 sunburns.
The incidence of skin cancer and the risk of getting skin cancer increases with the number of tattoos that someone has. But the increase in skin cancer was from an increase in other types of skin cancer, not skin cancers in the area where the tattoo is placed.
So the studies show that even if you have a tattoo, that tattoo is not the cause of skin cancer in any significant way.
There is no evidence that tattoos cause skin cancer. Instead, the studies show that the increased risk is from increasing numbers of other skin cancers that develop around a tattoo, as well as increasing skin inflammation in the tattoo area, which has nothing to do with the tattoo itself.
The incidence of skin cancer increases with the number of tattoos that a person has. It has nothing to do with the tattoo itself.
I would suggest that maybe the person who designs tattoos should really do more research before they tattoo. The research does not support the idea that tattoos cause skin cancer in any significant way.
Beyond that, skin cancer is a very serious and common problem. It is responsible for the deaths of more people each year than all other cancers combined, with skin cancer accounting for skin cancer deaths in more than 60% of the skin cancer deaths.
Many people assume that they should not get skin cancer because they have been tattooed. However, the probability of getting skin cancer goes down significantly with the amount of tattoos that a person has on a large body area. The probability of getting skin cancer because you have tattoos is greater than the chance of getting skin cancer because you have a lot of tattoos. So maybe it is best not to get tattoos in the first place.
That is not to say that you should not have any tattoos at all. Just don’t get skin cancer from them.
Dr. Brian Thase is an Internal Medicine Physician who practices in New York. He has two beautiful children and one incredible wife, and lives a life of excitement, family, and fun. You can follow Dr. Thase on his blog, Dr. Thase’s Blog.
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