Reading an article in a Consumer Reports magazine and thought I would share it with everyone since tattoos are so popular today. I am wondering if we will see a big increase in the number of people diagnosed with bladder cancer down the road and if this is something that should be included when listing risk factors. It is something that I think should be studied.
Also if anyone wants a MRI, you cannot have a tattoo including eyeliner tattoos. I am always asked before my MRI if I have any type of tattoo at Sloan Kettering.
Here is what the report says:
One big problem with tattoos is that there's no good data on the safety of injectable inks. The Food and Drug Administration is researching tattoo inks, but none is now approved for injection into the skin. In fact, many ink pigments are industrial-strength colors suitable for printer's ink or auto paint. These pigments are illegal in cosmetics in Europe because they can break down into cancer-causing compounds.
What's more, your immune system views tattoos as an invader, which is why traces of ink can wind up in your lymph nodes and why some folks develop granulomas, small knots or bumps that form around the particles of tattoo ink. END
Of course bladder cancer is NOT mentioned as I suppose no research has yet to be done but we all know that working with chemicals especially printers is a risk factor for bladder cancer.
Edited January 13, 2010 at 9:52 am