Tattoos may cause cancer – one color more than the other than others

How Tattoos cause cancer? In the EU there are no regulations when it comes to ink, so cheap imports are a matter of worry.

According to some research tattoos can cause cancer, and there are more toxins in one particular color than in any of the others. So there has been concerns if tattoos cause cancer.

The European Chemicals Agency is has conducted a research that is looking through the connection of risks coming with being tattooed. They said: “Many reports show significant concerns for public health stemming from the composition of inks used for tattooing.

“The most severe concerns are allergies caused by the substances in the inks and possible carcinogenic, mutagenic or re-productively toxic effects.”

Because there is no regulation when it comes to ink, If harmful toxins are discovered, they can be banned. This is another concern that adds to the research if tattoos cause cancer.

A spokesman from the agency said: “If it is found that a restriction is needed, a formal proposal to restrict the substances will be submitted within one year to initiate the process.”

One particular color that has been concerning scientist more than other color is red. This is because there has been a connection between this color and dermatitis, including soreness and swelling, and mostly because it contains mercury sulphide.

Red, purple, blue and green are the colors that are prone to causing granulomas, which are little bumps on the skin.

The public has been asked to make a contribution to these studies so they can have more essence. There have also been warnings against “black” or “neutral” henna.

These two colors may have higher levels of chemical dye than the original orange color of henna. This dye is ‘so powerful and toxic that it is illegal to use it on the skin’.

The NHS warned: “If you see a shop or stall offering to paint black tattoos onto your skin, don’t be tempted to get one. It could leave you scarred for life and put you at risk of a life-threatening allergic reaction.”

A visit to the doctor is advised to those who experience an allergic reaction.


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