Breast cancer, tattoos, and why it might matter

Researching the impacts of tattoos on the breast cancer experience
 

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As part of my Ph.D. that seeks to examine the significance of tattoos in experiences of breast cancer,

I am seeking research participants who are:

1) Women in the UK

who have/ plan to have:

  • POST MASTECTOMY TATTOOS

  • NIPPLE TATTOOS

  • RADIOTHERAPY AND OTHER BREAST CANCER TREATMENT RELATED TATTOOS

  • COMMEMORATIVE AND OTHER RELATED TATTOOS

2) Tattoo artists in the UK

who work with:

  • POST MASTECTOMY TATTOOS

  • NIPPLE TATTOOS

  • RADIOTHERAPY AND OTHER BREAST CANCER TREATMENT RELATED TATTOOS

  • COMMEMORATIVE AND OTHER RELATED TATTOOS

RESEARCH PROCESS

1) Women in the UK who have/ plan to have tattoos

We will begin with a 1-hour discussion featuring themes such as self confidence, intimacy, scanxiety, etc. to understand how tattoos feature in these experiences.

If you have more to share, there are opportunities for further engagements as well. This might include the creation of poems, scrapbooks, blogs, etc., that might best capture your experiences. Doing so ensures sensitivity to your needs and focuses on what matters most to you. 

2)Tattoo artists in the UK who work with breast cancer-related tattoos

Taking part in this study would include a 1-2 hour discussion featuring themes such as the technical and emotional aspects of breast cancer-related tattooing, client-artist relationships, issues of censorship, etc. 

If you have more to share, there are opportunities for further engagements such as visits to your tattoo studio, etc. 

 
 
 

YOUR PARTICIPATION WILL HELP TO:

Improve the understandings of tattoos and their significance in experiences of breast cancer and post NED (No Evidence of Disease)

Provide relevant resources and identify ways for health practitioners to help patients who are considering having tattoos

DATA SECURITY

According to Plymouth University’s Research Ethics Policy guidelines, your data will be securely held for a minimum of ten years after the completion of the research project. Electronic data will be stored on password-protected computers or laptops, and individual files and/or discs must be encrypted.

 
 

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Pearlin Teow
Ph.D. Researcher in Human Geography

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