Tattoos 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.
Controversial chemical titanium dioxide, which is added to tattoo ink to create certain colours, even dyes lymph nodes, and has previously been linked to cancer, itching and delayed healing.
Study author Hiram Castillo from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in France, said: ‘When someone wants to get a tattoo, they are often very careful in choosing a parlour where they use sterile needles that havent been used previously.
‘No one checks the chemical composition of the colours, but our study shows that maybe they should.’