If you have cancer and are planning on getting a tattoo, it’s important to understand how to protect yourself.
“There is a risk of getting cancer, but you can get it in a lot of different ways,” says Kim Davis, the director of research at the Cancer Research UK, a charity that supports people with cancer and the millions of people who get tattooed.
“There’s a risk that the tattoo will scratch you and scratch it may get worse.
And that can make it harder to get rid of the cancer and protect yourself from future infections,” Davis explains.
The tattoo itself can be very effective, but it’s not always as easy as you might think.
Davis says that you should use a good quality skin care product to prevent it from getting worse.
It’s important for tattooers to also use a UV-protective mask.
You can use sunscreen, but if it doesn’t work you might want to use a sunscreen that has a SPF rating (a percentage rating for UV protection) and a protective mask that’s made of a mixture of materials that can help to reduce the UV-light.
Here are some tips for getting a healthy tattoo: It can be easy to think that getting a cancer tattoo is like getting an earring.
But it’s actually not.
“The cancer isn’t necessarily cancer itself, but the cancer will be present and will spread, so the tattoo is there for the protection,” says Davis.
“It’s a way of preventing the spread of the disease.”
You’ll need to use sunscreen.
It’s better to use an SPF 15 mask or a mask with a rating of at least 50, but a mask rated at 10 should work as well.
If you don’t want to risk getting cancer it’s best to wear a long-sleeved shirt and pants that don’t get too hot, as a tattoo can easily get on your skin.
If you’re going to get a tattoo and need to avoid a potential skin cancer, use a mask that doesn’t contain UV-reflecting ingredients like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
“If it’s UV-absorbing you’re fine to wear it, but use it in moderation,” says Dr Davis.
Use a good sunscreen.
A sunscreen with a SPFs rating of 20-50 won’t have as much UV protection as a sunscreen rated at 15.
“Use a sunscreen with at least a SPFC rating of 25 and a sunscreen rating of 30 or higher,” Davis says.
Make sure you’ve got a good-quality tattoo protector.
Many tattoo artists don’t use UV-blocking devices like titanium or zinc oxides, but instead use a combination of UV-proof and non-UV-blocking materials like cotton or cotton wool.
There’s also the option of using cotton gloves, which can be worn on your hands to help protect your hands and fingers from the sun.
Also, don’t forget to moisturise your skin regularly.
Dr Davis also advises avoiding UV-resistant tattoos, as they are a risk factor for skin cancer.
“I think the majority of people are really concerned about getting tattooed because of this,” she says.
“But there are so many ways that you can do a tattoo that are actually safer.”