Did Woman's Tattoo Cause a False Diagnosis?

Playing Could Your Tattoos Cause a False Cancer Diagnosis?

The Doctors discuss a recent story of a woman who had a lymph node removed after doctors believed she could potentially have lymphoma.

The lymph node was stained black, but this was due to tattoo ink from a tattoo she had got 15 years prior. The stained lymph node convinced doctors that she had cancer.

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The Doctors say this story highlights how important it is to consider where to get a tattoo and to avoid areas like the armpit.

"Certain area may be best left alone," ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says. Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon adds that being able to examine the lymph nodes in the armpit is part of a breast exam and a tattoo could make this more difficult.

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"If you're going to modify your body, just know what you are getting into and make sure you're getting it done in the right hands and know the potential consequences," Dr. Travis says.