Experts are warning that the inks used in tattoos contain chemicals that can trigger cancer.
Roughly one in five Britons have tattoos, but scientists are now claiming that the dyes in certain inks can damage the body's connective tissues and collagen. They've also suggested that tiny particles could travel in the blood from the skin to the body's internal organs causing more serious illnesses.
Professor Desmond Tobin, director of Bradford University's Centre for Skin Sciences believes toxins in the dyes enter the blood stream and accumulate in the spleen or the kidneys - the organs which filter the blood of impurities and toxins.
In a scary twist, manufacturers of tattoo ink admit that five percent of studios use ink containing these dangerous chemicals because there are no regulations over the types of dyes used (there are regulations over hygiene and needle use).
Professor Tobin has blamed the impact of celebs like David Beckham, Cheryl Cole and Angelina Jolie for making body art more mainstream.
Jorgen Serup, Professor of Dermatology at Copenhagen University is calling for information about a patient's tattoos to be included on the cancer-patient registries.
The Tattoo Ink Manufacturers of Europe Group says on its website, "Up to five per cent of tattoo studios use inks containing carcinogenic aromatic amines We want to reduce [these] to zero."
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