Tattoos In Orem Utah Could Give You Cancer
It seems like at some point during the mid-nineties that tattoos became art. So instead of rebellion, they became about self-expression.
I think we are all born with that desire to express ourselves in something creative or artistic.
With that in mind, let me share some recent science on tattoos. My sharing of this does NOT imply I'm against people who choose to get tattoos or that I think less of them. It's simply to share some data, so if you're considering getting a tattoo or more tattoos you can make informed choices.
Tattoos in Orem Utah could give you cancer, new research suggests.
Chemicals in tattoo ink travel in the bloodstream and accumulate in the lymph nodes, which may cause them to become swollen and therefore hinder their ability to fight infections, a study found for the first time.
Researchers said, "No one checks the chemical composition of the colors, but our study shows that maybe they should."
The researchers used powerful X-rays to identify titanium dioxide and heavy metals present in tattooed skin and lymph node tissue samples.
Although particles of varying sizes are found in the skin, only highly microscopic titanium dioxide fragments are present in the nodes, which may cause them to become swollen.
The researchers believe the particles may be transported in the blood or engulfed by immune cells that subsequently deposit them.
This deposition may cause lymph nodes to swell, impairing their ability to fight infections and filter out pathogens.
Study author Bernhard Hesse said: "We already knew that pigments from tattoos would travel to the lymph nodes because of visual evidence: the lymph nodes become tinted with the color of the tattoo. It is the response of the body to clean the site of entrance of the tattoo.
This is an edited version of an article that appeared in The New Zealand Herald
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