Here we go again...
At any time within the last 24 hours, have YOU taken any time just for yourself to Take Off Your Bra?
Are you STILL wearing your bra 24/7/365, even when you lay down to sleep?
If you are at least 40 years of age, have you made an appointment with your physician to schedule your annual MAMMOGRAM?
If you are at least 20 years of age, do you practice performing your monthly BREAST SELF EXAMS, or, BREAST MASSAGE?
Are you a BREASTFEEDING MOM, or; do you plan to be a BREASTFEEDING MOM?
Whether or not you are currently tattooed, are considering TATTOOING Your BREAST(S)?
If the answers to the first 4 questions are NO, and the answers to the last 2 questions are YES, then NOW would probably be a good time for you to take that moment to TAKE OFF YOUR BRA.
Unless you are completely blind, or have been completely living under a rock, then you, u, You, U, and YOU know that within the last 20 years or so, it has become more common for women to make the lifetime decision to have one and in many cases, more than one, or two, or more... TATTOOS.
It has also become more common for a woman to be tattooed on parts of her body that once would not ever have been imagined, such as on her FACE, NECK, BREAST, HAND, BUTTOCK, or; even her VAGINA.
However; today being Thursday, that means that it is BRALESS THURSDAY, and the ultimate focus of BRALESS THURSDAY is to encourage BREAST CANCER AWARENESS, and encourage ALL of you to put yourselves in charge of your BREAST HEALTH.
So, BEFORE you make this LIFETIME DECISION, and go dashing off to your local Tattoo Parlor for an artist consultation, give us a read and educate yourself on your commitment to TATTOING YOUR BREASTS.
Since the month of August is now designated as NATIONAL BREASTFEEDING AWARENESS MONTH, check out Q & A: BREAST TATTOOS And BREASTFEEDING:
How are tattoos created, and are they safe?
Tattoos are created by injecting ink into the dermal (second and third) layer of the skin. Tattooists use a hand-held electric machine that is fitted with solid needles coated in the ink. The needles enter the skin hundreds of times a minute to a depth of up to a few millimeters. The ink that is used in tattoos in the United States is subject to FDA (Food and Drug Administration) regulation as cosmetics, but none are approved for injection under the skin.
Are there health risks associated with BREAST TATTOOS and BREASTFEEDING?
Tattooing is currently legal in all US states except for Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and South Carolina. It is illegal in a few US cities. It is also legal in all provinces of Canada. However, the artist training, sterilization of instruments, and inspections of the studios depend on state or provincial laws.
Reputable tattooists will follow universal precautions such as sterilization of the tattoo machine using an autoclave; single-use inks, ink cups, gloves, and needles; bagging of equipment to avoid cross contamination; and thorough hand-washing with disinfectant soap.
Reputable Professional Tattooists will NOT tattoo a woman who is currently PREGNANT or BREASTFEEDING.
SANTA BARBARA,CA-Tattoo Artist PAT FISH says;:
"There is always an element of risk in getting a tattoo. The tattoo could have an adverse effect on the mother’s immune system that could be transmitted to the baby"While the body is healing after a tattoo—and producing milk—and if the mother’s body would "reject" the tattoo, the possibility exists that it could harm the baby. This is especially a problem if the client does not follow the aftercare instructions and develops an infection.
The general information about tattooing also applies to BREASTFEEDING MOMS.
According to the research, local and systemic infections are the most prevalent risks of tattooing. Local infections can occur. The aftercare regimen includes keeping the tattoo clean with mild soap and water, not picking at the scabs, and keeping the tattoo out of the sun. Systemic infections occur when universal precautions are not followed by the tattoo artist and can include such diseases as hepatitis, tetanus, and HIV.
HUMAN MILK BANKS will not accept donations from mothers who have had a tattoo done in the previous 12 months, because of the possibility of various infections caused by blood-borne pathogens.
There has never been a recorded case of tattoo-transmitted HIV infection; the last reported tattoo-related incident of hepatitis was in 1950.
It is possible to have allergic reactions to the tattoo inks.
And since the month of October is observed as NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH, check out Q & A: BREAST TATTOOS And BREAST CANCER:
Can Tattoo Ink lead to BREAST CANCER?
It has been said that "tattoo ink is remarkably nonreactive histologically, despite the frequent use of different pigments of unknown purity and identity by tattoo artists.
However, University of Bradford researchers using an atomic force microscope (AFM) that allows them to examine skin with tattoos at the nano-level have found evidence that suggests otherwise. In a preliminary study (the first to use an AFM to examine tattoos), the researchers found that the tattoo process remodels collagen (your body's main connective tissue).
Further, nanoparticles from tattoo ink were found to exist in both the collagenous network of the skin as well as around blood vessels. This suggests that the ink particles are leaving the surface of your skin and traveling elsewhere in your body, where they could potentially enter organs and other tissues.
This is problematic because tattoo inks are largely unregulated and known to contain cancer-causing compounds.
Could the NANOPARTICLES in Tattoo Ink be carcinogenic and possibly lead to BREAST CANCER?
Nanoparticles are ultramicroscopic in size, making them able to readily penetrate your skin and travel to underlying blood vessels and your bloodstream. Evidence suggests that some nanoparticles may induce toxic effects in your brain and cause nerve damage, and some may also be carcinogenic.
In 2011, a study in The British Journal of Dermatology revealed that nanoparticles are indeed found in tattoo inks, with black pigments containing the smallest particles (white pigments had the largest particles and colored pigments were in between).
With the exception of the white pigments, the researchers noted that "the vast majority of the tested tattoo inks contained significant amounts" of nanoparticles.
Are certain types of Tattoo Inks riskier than others... could they cause a more significant increase in risk for BREAST CANCER?
The black ink is the color most often linked to potential adverse health effects, although all tattoo inks have toxic potential, including:
Since black ink may contain a significant amount of nanoparticles, it is likely that such toxins could find easy entrance into your bloodstream, perhaps worsening their effects.
- Potentially carcinogenic
- May cause inflammation and DNA damage
- May contain carcinogenic Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) like benzo(a)pyrene (a Class 1 carcinogen according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer)
Writing in Experimental Dermatology, researchers highlighted the dangerous potential of tattoo inks (particularly black) even beyond nanoparticles:
While so far incidences of skin cancer appearing on tattooed skin has been deemed coincidental, it is largely unknown whether the inks may be contributing to cancers, or other health problems, elsewhere in the body."Black tattoo inks are usually based on soot, are not regulated and may contain hazardous polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Part of PAHs possibly stay lifelong in skin, absorb UV radiation and generate singlet oxygen, which may affect skin integrity.… Tattooing with black inks entails an injection of substantial amounts of phenol and PAHs into skin. Most of these PAHs are carcinogenic and may additionally generate deleterious singlet oxygen inside the dermis when skin is exposed to UVA (e.g. solar radiation)."
To TATTOO, or; NOT To TATTOO The TAT-TAS... that IS the question.
What say you???
HAPPY TAKE OFF YOUR BRA, TAKE CARE Of YOUR BREASTS, BREASTFEED ALL Of YOUR BABIES, And TAKE CARE Of YOURSELVES BRALESS THURSDAY!!!
PEACE, LOVE, And BEAUTIFUL, BOUNTIFUL BRALESS THURSDAY BLESSINGS;