NewsStudy Reveals Higher Risk Of Malignant Lymphoma In People With Tattoos

Study Reveals Higher Risk Of Malignant Lymphoma In People With Tattoos

by BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

Initially, researchers speculated that tattoo size might influence lymphoma risk, considering those with extensive tattoos might face higher risks.

A recent study by a Swedish university suggested a possible link between malignant lymphoma, a type of cancer affecting the lymphatic system, and individuals with tattoos. However, health experts emphasize the need for further research to confirm this association.

The Lund University study found that 21% of lymphoma patients and 18% of cancer-free individuals had tattoos. Notably, the risk of developing lymphoma was 21% higher among those with tattoos, especially within two years of getting their first tattoo.

Initially, researchers speculated that tattoo size might influence lymphoma risk, considering those with extensive tattoos might face higher risks. However, they found no correlation between tattoo size and lymphoma risk.

“We do not yet know why this was the case. [We] can only speculate that a tattoo, regardless of size, triggers a low-grade inflammation in the body, which in turn can trigger cancer. The picture is thus more complex than we initially thought,” Dr. Nielsen said.

Nielsen further emphasized the need for research to fully comprehend the long-term health implications of tattoos. The team plans to conduct a comprehensive assessment to explore potential correlations between tattoos, various cancers, and inflammatory diseases.

“People will likely continue to express their identity through tattoos, so it is vital that we, as a society, ensure that it is safe. For the individual, it is good to know that tattoos can affect your health and that you should consult your healthcare provider if you experience symptoms that could be related to your tattoo,” Dr. Nielsen concluded.

Source: Black Enterprise

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