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Scientists Warn Tattoos May Increase Cancer Risk


Scientists have warned of an urgent need for more research into the long-term health impacts of tattoos after new research found they may increase the risk of lymphoma cancer.

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Carried out by researchers at Lund University in Sweden, this study analyzed 11,905 participants and found that those with tattoos had a 21 percent higher risk of developing lymphoma compared to non-tattooed individuals.

The study’s lead researcher, Christel Nielsen, noted that tattoo ink triggers an immune response when injected, with ink particles being transported to lymph nodes. Interestingly, despite the initial expectation that larger tattoos would pose a greater risk, the study found no correlation between tattoo size and lymphoma risk. The researchers say more research is needed to confirm the causality and explore other potential health risks associated with tattoos.

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