Tattoos Don’t Cause Skin Cancer

Maybe you never even stopped to consider whether tattoos might cause skin cancer, but lots of people have. Over the years, we’ve answered this questions many, many, many, many, many, many…did we mention many?…times. The accepted “word on the street” was that tattoos did not cause skin cancer.

It seems the medical community is starting to back up what those of us in the tattoo industry felt certain about for years. The folks at The San Diego Union Tribune posted an article yesterday on the subject:

Heck, if you are applying sun-screen to your tattoos like you should be, our guess is that tattooed people may actually be decreasing their chances of skin cancer.

And here your mom thought tattoos weren’t good for you.

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  1. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is the main cause of skin cancer. Energy from the sun actually is a form of radiation. It consists of visible light and other rays that people can’t see. Invisible infrared radiation, for instance, makes sunlight feel hot. UV also is invisible, and causes sunburn and sun tan. UV rays damage DNA, the genetic material that makes up genes. Genes control the growth and overall health of skin cells. If the genetic damage is severe, a normal skin cell may begin to grow in the uncontrolled, disorderly way of cancer cells. UV also can cause sunburn, and other damage that makes the skin look prematurely old and wrinkled.^

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