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09.11.2017 | Original Article | Ausgabe 1/2018

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 1/2018

Trendy Tattoos—Maybe a Serious Health Risk?

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Aesthetic Plastic Surgery > Ausgabe 1/2018
Autoren:
Felix J. Paprottka, Nicco Krezdorn, Mustafa Narwan, Marvee Turk, Heiko Sorg, Ernst Magnus Noah, Detlev Hebebrand
Wichtige Hinweise
Detlev Hebebrand: Senior Author.

Presentation of this work

DGCH Berlin, Germany // 04/2016 // oral presentation.

Abstract

Background

The literature reports many cases of cutaneous malignancy in the setting of skin tattoos. In this study, we review the reported incidence of and risk factors for tattoo-associated skin cancer.

Methods

A PubMed literature review was performed for all cases of tattoo-associated skin cancer, including squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, malignant melanoma, keratoacanthoma, and other rare skin malignancies (source: PubMed/until June 2017).

Results

The authors identified 51 publications and 63 total cases of tattoo-associated skin cancer. We also report on a single new case of tattoo-associated skin cancer observed at one of our co-authors’ institutions. Among these 64 total cases, 58% were associated with black and blue inks and 34% were associated with red ink.

Conclusions

Overall, while the strength of association remains unclear, the literature reports many cases of tattoo-associated skin cancer. Among these cases, black, blue, and red inks were particularly worrisome for their carcinogenic potential.

Level of Evidence IV

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