Alarming new study finds tattoos may increase risk of rare cancer

An alarming new study has found that tattoos might increase the risk of developing a rare form of cancer.

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An alarming new study has found that tattoos might increase the risk of developing a rare form of cancer.

According to a study from Lund University in Sweden, individuals with tattoos have a 21 per cent higher chance of developing lymphoma, a type of blood cancer affecting the immune system.

The decade long study included nearly 12,000 participants aged 20 to 60 and found that the tattoo size did not affect the risk, meaning a full back tattoo posed no greater risk than a small ankle piece.

However, it's important to know that having tattoos doesn't mean you will develop lymphoma.

Lead author doctor Crystal Nielsen emphasised it is important to remember that lymphoma is a rare disease and that our results apply at the group level.