Yes, according to one of the many reports the body is being accused of spreading.
“In addition to traditional traditional cultural reasons for tattooing, we are currently seeing scientific evidence pointing to the fact that tattoos may have negative implications for the body,” said Dr. Michael W. Beasley, MD. “This has been proven time and time again.”
Beasley was a clinical director at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health, then headed into private practice.
In a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1997, Beasley and associates studied 14,569 healthy adults who were followed for 5 years to test their cancer risk and to detect changes in the body over time.
They found a 3.3 percent increase in risk of breast cancer for those who had at least one tattoo.
Of course, a tattoo is a tiny percentage of the population and it’s not clear if this will influence cancer rates.
The study also found that men who received one tattoo had a 14.6 percent risk of developing prostate cancer. It was unclear whether the rise was due to cancer or something else, however.
Beasley and his group have also found a link between tattoos and heart and lung disease.
One of Beasley’s colleagues, Dr. Mark C. Sperl, MD, a radiation oncologist at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, told the Boston Globe that cancer is always present.
“But it does appear to be a bit more likely to be associated with a physical feature,” Sperl said, not so the skin, “given that the skin is already prone to that sort of attack.”
“There’s no way anybody could say, ‘A tattoo is cancer in disguise.’ It’s just not really a possibility.” Beasley said.
Beasley has spoken before as an expert about tattooing.
“When you look at this and you see all the other things it’s associated with,” he said in 2004, “it’s hard for me to see where one of these may end up in a lifetime. If you’re going to tattoo a lot of people or a group of people, perhaps it would be better for you to consider other things … as opposed to trying to determine the benefits or drawbacks of that practice.”
“There may be no other reason, but for someone who is not interested in tattooing, one may think, ‘Well, I
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