Tattoos and cancer - is there an association?
Research areas and keywords
UKÄ subject classification
- Medical and Health Sciences
For the first time ever, we will explore the associations between tattoos and malignant melanoma, squamous-cell carcinoma and lymphoma and answer whether having tattoos is associated with an increased risk of cancer. We will also develop a methodological framework for objective exposure assessment based on mathematical image analysis.
The research builds on three large-scale national questionnaires. We will identify cancer patients in the age span 20-55 years of age in the Swedish Cancer Registry and draw random controls from the Population Register. The study participants will be asked to anwer questions regarding tattoos and factors that might confound or modify the studied associations.
The research will fill a substantial knowledge gap. From a public health perspective, the high prevalence of tattoos implies that even a small increase in risk will have significant impact on the population. This concern will be amplified in the future as the tattooed age group grows older.
The project is funded by Forte and The Craaford Foundation.
|Effective start/end date||2019/01/01 → 2022/12/31|
- Christel Nielsen - Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund University (Researcher)
- Anna Jöud - Environmental Epidemiology (Researcher)
- Lars Rylander - Environmental Epidemiology (Researcher)
- Håkan Olsson - Lund Melanoma Study Group (Researcher)
- Malin Engfeldt - Occupational and Environmental Dermatology (Researcher)
- Karl Åström - ELLIIT: the Linköping-Lund initiative on IT and mobile communication (Researcher)
Kalle Åström, Jacek Malec, Stefan Larsson, Mattias Ohlsson, Christian Balkenius, Anamaria Dutceac Segesten, Jutta Haider, Robert Willim, Jonas Ledendal, Jonas Wisbrant, Elin Anna Topp, Jörn Janneck, Marcus Klang, Einar Heiberg, Katja de Vries, Ingar Brinck & Olof Sundin
2018/01/01 → …