I was watching the news the other day and was a bit astounded at what I saw reported. The newscaster shared a special report about how doctors are recommending breast cancer patients and those who have had breast reconstruction surgery to get areola tattoos. These tattoos are supposed to recreate a nipple that was removed due to breast reconstruction after/during a battle with cancer.
Are you kidding me?
I don’t mean to come across as insensitive because I know very well how important a woman’s breasts are to her. A woman can feel broken and like she’s less than a woman after getting her breasts removed.
But correct me if I’m wrong. Doesn’t getting a tattoo require injecting of dye (which can also lead to cancer) into the skin?
I would think that if a woman has or has had cancer, then her risks of getting it again are increased. Especially, if you inject a foreign substance into the body (foreign being anything that’s not natural to the body).
I’m sorry but I think it’s outrageous that a doctor would ever recommend an areola tattoo to a cancer survivor or cancer patient. Even if the risks of getting cancer from a tattoo are low, there’s still risk. Why add to those risks? With the advances in technology that have occurred over the years, there must be an alternative that is safer for breast cancer patients.
What do you think?