Tattoos are not for rebels anymore. More and more people are expressing themselves with colorful body art. In fact, 23% of Americans have a tattoo, according to Pew Research, and 32% of people ages 30 to 45 have at least one. Tattoos are also trending among Breast Cancer survivors. We are in the midst of what some are labeling a “tittoo movement” that goes beyond the nipple tattoos that some choose after reconstructive surgery.
Breast Cancer conquerors are reclaiming their bodies from the devastation of cancer by reinterpreting their scars into tattooed art. There are even non-profit organizations devoted to connecting conquerors with tattoo artists and a smartphone app to help women envision how their scars will look once inked.
I understand the sense of empowerment that goes along with transforming a cancer scar into something beautiful. I invite you to embrace your magnificence and understand that the scar does not define WHO you are.
There are known health risks associated with tattooing that should not be overlooked especially by Breast Cancer conquerors.
It’s the inks that stink
Anyone who gets a tattoo usually has to sign a consent form acknowledging the risks of infection and allergic reaction. It’s also widely known that disease can be transmitted through equipment that’s not properly sterilized.
And you need to be knowledgeable about the ink. A tattoo, as you know, is a form of body modification where indelible ink is inserted into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. The problem is that tattoo inks are unregulated. There are 50 different pigments in use for tattoos. Some of those are approved for topical use in cosmetics but none are approved for injecting into the skin.
All tattoo inks have toxic potential. Many dyes are actually produced for industrial uses like car paint or printer’s ink. They can contain aluminum, copper, iron, sulfur, barium, nickel, cobalt, chromium… It just so happens that these elements have all been scientifically determined by the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects and other reproductive harm. Ink manufacturers are introducing plastic-based pigments especially for those intense reds and yellows. Logically speaking, injecting plastic-based ink will surely come with a new set of problems since plastics are very estrogenic.
DNA damage and cancer risks
Researchers used atomic use microscopes and found that collagen, your body’s main connective tissue, is remodeled by the tattoo process. In addition, nanoparticles from tattoo ink leave the skin most likely through blood and lymphatic vessels and enter organs and other tissues.
Black pigments may also contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which is a compound identified by the EPA as among the most potent and well-documented skin carcinogens. It can be found in dyes, plastics and pesticides. PAH possibly stay on the skin forever and thus absorb UV radiation and generate singlet oxygen, which may impact skin integrity.
Another study found that squamous-cell carcinoma can occur in tattoos. While it’s not a typical reaction, it should be noted that it is a possibility.
One other thought…
If you believe, like I do, that our bodies have an energetic structure, then you should consider how the integrity of our acupuncture meridians may be compromised by the tattoo process.
Meridians are used in Chinese medicine as energy channels in which the energy stream (or qi) flows and follows through the entire body, creating energy circulation. Possible health issues may arise from disrupted energy flow and tattoos may disrupt that energy flow.
Should you get a tattoo?
Personally, I would not recommend it since we are already exposed to so many toxic substances through the environment and foods. Reduce your Toxic Exposure and seriously think about the long-term effects that a tattoo may have on your health.
Dr. Veronique Desaulniers, better known as Dr. V, is the founder of The 7 Essentials System ™, a step-by-step guide that teaches you exactly how to prevent and heal Breast Cancer Naturally. To get your F.R.E.E. 7 day mini e-course, and to receive her inspiring articles on the power of Natural Medicine, visit https://breastcancerco.wpengine.com/.