Old tattoo to blame for woman's 'cancer'

Old tattoo to blame for woman's 'cancer'

Old tattoo to blame for woman's 'cancer'

Nearly half (47 percent) of millennials have one or more tattoos, according to The Harris Poll (2015). It was a reaction from a 15-year-old tattoo on her back, which apparently itched from time to time. Lymph nodes may also enlarge due to infection and inflammation.

The case study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests doctors should ask about tattoos when treating patients with lymphoma - cancer of the lymphatic system.

Researchers from the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility in France recently discovered the chemicals in tattoo ink can travel in the bloodstream and accumulate in the lymph nodes, obstructing their ability to fight infection.

Dr. Bill Stebbins, a director of cosmetic dermatology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told CNN it's not yet known why the woman's body took so long to react to the tattoo.

But these reactions are usually to red pigments, not black. Years later, the pigment traveled from the skin to the lymph nodes.

Instead, she was just experiencing an adverse reaction to a tattoo inked upon her back almost two decades earlier.

Doctors have started to warn people to keep a close eye on any tattoos they may have on their body, even decades after they get inked up. Katz was not involved with the new report.

"We report strong evidence for both migration and long-term deposition of toxic elements and tattoo pigments as well as for conformational alterations of biomolecules that likely contribute to cutaneous inflammation and other adversities upon tattooing", the study's researchers concluded. For baby boomers, that number drops to 15%. Both were done using black ink.

Negative reactions from tattoo aren't common.

Hiram Castillo, one of the authors of the study, said: "When someone wants to get a tattoo, they are often very careful in choosing a parlour where they use sterile needles that haven't been used previously". One Texas man even died after swimming with a new tattoo, which became infected with a bacterium found in coastal waters. The last time Bryant saw her, the swollen lymph nodes had subsided.

Fortunately, there's no lasting damage to the tattooed woman, Dr Bryant told CNN Bryant told CNN: "It's not going to cause this lady any major problems, which means we're allowed to be interested without feeling sad".

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