Skin cancer can hide behind a tattoo
Tattoos that covers his arms and his chest is finally removed after 10 years. The man removed his tattoo through laser procedures. During the removal process mole on the shoulders was found, in the area that has been covered with black tattoo ink.
Although doctors can usually diagnose whether a mole is dangerous or not, sometimes the presence of a tattoo is difficult for medical purpose. This phenomenon is then reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
As reported by Live Science, changes in shape, color, and size of moles can be indicated as a symptom of melanoma – the deadliest skin cancer. However, despite the tattoo itself is not capable of causing melanoma, its existence makes the skin cancer undetected.
Melanoma itself is a malignant tumor of melanocytes. Melanocytes produce the dark pigment, melanin, which is responsible for the color of skin.
It is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, these cancerous growths develop when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells (most often caused by ultraviolet radiation from sunshine or tanning beds) triggers mutations (genetic defects) that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors.
“Because of the ink tattoos color, moles becomes difficult to detect and it is unknown whether or not it is a cancer,” said Dr. Doris Day, a dermatologist from Lenox Hill Hospital.
On the advice of medical experts, the German man agreed to operate his mole. Fortunately, the cancer has not spread to other parts of the body.
Because of the incident, the doctor finally gave warning of another dangers of tattoo, which hides the symptoms of skin cancer. Medical experts also suggested that moles and other body parts are photographed before someone decides to make a tattoo.
As for people who want to remove their tattoo, an overall inspection also needs to be done. Because removing tattoos with lasers can not be continued before the cancer indicating moles is tamed first.