PCa and tattoos

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   Posted 4/24/2011 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a bunch.

After I got PCa and was trying to figure out what it could be beyond simple genetics I ran across a few somewhat dubious links linking the ink injected in us to cancer.

Now I want a new one. A quick query on it didn't yield anything satisfactory. Does anyone know of any definitive study that disproves the hypothesis that tattoos can cause cancer?

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   Posted 4/24/2011 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Tattoos are a very personal decision, personally and fortunately I never did see the sense in injecting ink into my body. Sorry don't know of any proven study regarding them being cancer causing, but I do know there certainly not going to help prevent it.
Kev 53yrs [Gold Coast Qld, Australia]
PSA 4 Gleason 7 [3+4=7]
RP 24/12/08 Dr Philip Stricker [Sydney]
Upgrade Gleason Score 7.6 [4+3=7]
Stage 2 Margin status- Focal Involvement
ED- okay with Meds.
PSA at 2 yrs, no change remains 0.03
"Every-day in Every-way I Get Better"

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   Posted 4/25/2011 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
So, Dave how many tattoos, what types of artwork, colors, (locations-optional lol), overall costs spent. Might as well elaborate......

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 4/25/2011 8:03 AM (GMT -6)   

There are tons of articles on this. The only one I just now read states:

"While tattoos have not been shown to directly cause cancer, there is one way in which tattoos have been shown to indirectly cause cancer. The reason that tattoos are known to indirectly cause cancer is because they make seeing areas of the skin which may be affected by cancer more difficult to see. "

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   Posted 4/25/2011 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Is it the ink from the tattoo that may cause the cancer or is it the air in the tatto parlor???? or maybe its the aftershave or perfume on the person giving the tattoo..... WAY too much thought and concern into this in my oppinion. No real data to linc the two.

LIVE LIFE and ENJOY!!! avoid the obviouse carcenagens like smoking and agent orange when possible, but the true secret is to ENJOY! and if that means getting a tattoo then I say GO FOR IT!
age 44 when diagnosed 45 now
RRP 9-28-10
gleason 3+3
pathology report clear
11-1-10 PSA 0.02
3 month 0.00
6 month 0.00
12-1-10 noctural erections, not very strong maybe 20% none prior to Osbon pump use
3-30-11 Trimix 1st injection works GREAT! and more nocturnals and even some spontanious erections plus responding a little bit now to oral meds!!! The trimix really started things going!

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   Posted 4/25/2011 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
To give a contrary view to natural44, I'd say that tattoos probably cause prostate cancer, especially in teenage girls. So does body piercing. Easily reversible cosmetic procedures, like dying your hair green or pink are probably safe. That's what I always told my daughters.

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   Posted 4/25/2011 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I never had any tattoos until I got cancer. Now I have two beautiful ones, well to me anyway. I am ready for number three.

peace to you
I was 45 at diagnosis with PSA of 16.3

My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes (3 positive) was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's. Scheduled to have a radical on July 11th, 2007, surgery was aborted when it was discovered it had spread to the lymph nodes.
I was on Lupron, Casodex, and Avodart for two years with my last shot March 2009.
My Oncology hospital is The Cancer Treatment Center of America in Zion IL
PSA July of 2007 was 16.4
PSA May of 2008 was.11
PSA July 24th, 2008 is 0.04
PSA Dec 16th, 2008 is .016
PSA Mar 30th, 2009 is .02
PSA July 28th 2009 is .01
PSA OCt 15th 2009 is .11
PSA Jan 15th 2010 is .13
PSA April 16th of 2010 is .16
PSA July 22nd of 2010 is .71
PSA Sept of 2010 is .71
cancer in 4 of 6 cores

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   Posted 4/26/2011 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
If it were me I’d forgo the tat and take the money and repay family members who may have helped me out in the past with surgical bills that insurance did not cover. If they refuse to accept any $$ or no repayment is needed, then I would donate the $$ to a charity in their honor. That’s my altruistic, non-inked spin on this thread.
DOB: 01/61
PSA: 01/10 2.8
PSA: 11/10 4.2
DRE: 12/10 Normal
PSA: 01/11 4.1
Biopsy: 01/21/11 7 out of 12 cores + Gleason: 6(3+3) Stage: T1C
da Vinci 03/04/11 Penn Hospital
Catheter Removed 03/11/11
Prostate Size: 22 g Gleason: 7(3 + 4)
Grade: T2C 10% of Tumor involved
Extraprostatic Extension: None
Perineural Invasion: None
Seminal Vesicle/Lymph Nodes: Clear
Margins: +, invasive apical, posterior

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   Posted 5/2/2011 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Uh oh, David, I sure hope there's no truth to it. My boyfriend has half a dozen or so tattoos and dealing with his prostate cancer already has him thinking about a new tattoo. I would hate to think that the ink that's being injected is a factor...this could turn into a really awful catch 22 situation :)
Boyfriend's stats: 52 yrs old
12/29/10: PSA 14, biopsy of 8 cores showing 70-80% involvement. Perineural invasion present, extraprostatic extension is present.
Gleason 4+3
1/21/11: CT & Bone scans show no evidence of metastatic prostate cancer.
3/24/11: daVinci radical prostatectomy & bilateral pelvic lymphadenectomy w/bilateral wide resection.

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   Posted 5/2/2011 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have any, and my father didn't prior to his diagnosis. He added one to his chest after being diagnosed.

I've never heard of tattoo ink causing cancer - well not any more than everything else that causes it!

Heck, I read on here that the "healthy" fish I've been eating is now consider bad for PC.
DX 4/26/11 (Age 36)

6/15/09 PSA 2.1
3/17/11 Lost Father to Complications of PC and Bone Cancer (Age 59)
3/30/11 PSA 2.5 & Abnormal DRE (Nodules felt) found during post-op for extracorporeal lithotripsy procedure
4/18/11 Biopsy
4/26/11 Biopsy Results = 3 of 12 Cores Positive (both lobes) with Gleason 6 (3+3)
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