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I have heard that drawing on your skin causes cancer? Is this true? If so how? Does drawing cause another disease?

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In brief: Not true

In olden days, inks may have had contaminants that could cause irritation -- and irritation over a long time may be associated with cancer development.
However, drawing on your skin is not going to cause cancer. Sometimes clinicians will draw on your skin (dermographism), but that is a symptom of urticaria.

In brief: Not true

In olden days, inks may have had contaminants that could cause irritation -- and irritation over a long time may be associated with cancer development.
However, drawing on your skin is not going to cause cancer. Sometimes clinicians will draw on your skin (dermographism), but that is a symptom of urticaria.
Dr. Lester Thompson
Dr. Lester Thompson
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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

I know of no evidence that drawing on your skin leads to cancer.

In brief: No

I know of no evidence that drawing on your skin leads to cancer.
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Dr. Travis Kidner
Surgery - Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Nope

Nope. Draw away!

In brief: Nope

Nope. Draw away!
Dr. Travis Kidner
Dr. Travis Kidner
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