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Trivial but need to ask


Re: Trivial but need to ask

Hi Andie72


Thanks for posting.


Your question is not trivial. We often get asked questions about artistic tattoos after breast cancer treatment.

It is not known if having a tattoo on your breast or chest may increase the risk of developing lymphoedema in that area.  We would suggest you contact your specialist breast team as you’re considering getting a tattoo.


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Trivial but need to ask

I was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer with surgery ( middle masectomy) and had radiotherapy 3 years ago. So far all has went ok. I know this is trivial but I have a small tattoo above my breast that had surgery (The only tattoo I have) I had if done when I was 22 I am now 47. It has faded over the years and would like to freshen it up but I am unsure if it would be ok to have this done.


I realise for all people going through treatment at the moment that this is trivial and I know if I had have read this post I would have been what the f*** and I hope it doesn't offend anyone.


Thanks Andie