The Province (Vancouver) – Dr. Hooman Khorasani: "Planning on Getting a Tat? Ink Can Camouflage Melanomas, Experts Warn"
To be clear, there is no evidence linking tattoo ink to an increased likelihood of developing a skin cancer.
But tattoos can mask a burgeoning melanoma, making it difficult to track changes in an existing mole or spot a new one as it forms. "The ink will camouflage the mole, and sometimes interferes with some of the tools that we use for detection," said Hooman Khorasani, MD, Chief of Division of Mohs, Reconstructive, and Cosmetic Surgery, and Dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Learn more