• My child draws on her skin, can that cause skin cancer?

    Asked by Sunnysideup on Monday, January 21, 2013

    My child draws on her skin, can that cause skin cancer?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • carm's Avatar

      Sunnysideup, What an interesting question. I commend you for asking it as I'm sure that many mothers have at one time or another, had the same thought. I am an oncology nurse, and although ink at high levels can cause ink poisoning, the causes of skin cancer are generally due to cell mutations that occur either by overexposure to UV light, or by a genetic error that can predispose one to develop precancerous cells. I think if ink were an environmental link that proved to be a carcinogenic, we would see many cancer cases develop on people heavily tattood. Many companies make non-toxic markers or pens because they know kids have that tendency to write on themselves. Best of luck to you and your little organic artist. Things really haven't changed much since I was a kid; we all do that at one time or another, Carm.

      almost 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I still write on myself as well...

      almost 4 years ago

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