New Study Reveals Link Between Tattoos and Risk of Lymphoma

Tattooist making a new tattoo on human skin with electric machine needle. Modern electric tattoo gun at work

People who get tattoos are 21% more likely to acquire lymphoma, a kind of blood cancer, according to a recent Swedish research.

The research asked 11,905 people to fill out a questionnaire on their lifestyle to determine whether they had any tattoos.  

Study leader Christel Nielsen of Lund University made a statement emphasizing the significance of keeping in mind that lymphoma is an uncommon illness and that their findings are applicable at the group level. Further study is required to confirm and explore these findings in additional studies, and this kind of work is now underway.

Lymphoma develops in the immune system’s white blood cells, or lymphocytes. Two types of lymphomas exist. 

Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, the most common form, accounts for over 90% of all cases. It originates in the body’s lymph nodes and tissues from B and T cells and can be aggressive or very slow in its growth rate.

Hodgkin lymphoma develops in the immune system’s lymphatic system. When caught and treated in its early stages, Hodgkin lymphoma is often a very curable malignancy.

According to Nielsen, it is well-known that the infusion of tattoo ink into the skin triggers the immune system since the body perceives it as an invader. A significant portion of the ink is carried from the skin and deposited in the lymph nodes.

According to Nielsen’s group, there is no correlation between tattoo size and lymphoma risk, contrary to their first hypothesis.

While many cities set regulations for tattoo parlors, the Food and Drug Administration claims it has never controlled the dyes used in tattoo ink.

According to Nielsen, it is reasonable to assume that every tattoo, no matter how little, causes chronic inflammation throughout the body, which may eventually lead to cancer. So, it turns out there’s more going on here than first anticipated.

Nielsen says the results of her research highlight the need to regulate the tattoo ink’s chemical makeup. Nearly one-third of American adults have at least one tattoo, with 22% sporting several ink jobs.