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Can Nail Salons Increase Your Risk of Skin Cancer? A Cancer Expert Explains

New research shows that the ultraviolet (UV) rays that are emitted from lamps at nail salons could contain powerful radiation that can lead to melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. Does that mean you should give up your regular manicure and pedicure habit? Findings from a study published in in JAMA Dermatology, suggest that, despite the harmful effects of UV radiation, it would take between eight and 208 visits to cause severe damage to the skin cells. “I would caution against going to a nail salon several times a month, but do not think there is enough evidence to advise stopping the habit altogether,” said Richard L. White, Jr., MD, FACS, Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Atrium Health’s Levine Cancer Institute. Researchers involved with the study measured the UV-A rays emitted by 17 different nail polish drying devices at 16 salons. UV-A rays are a type of ray that are known to cause wrinkles, and can oftentimes lead to the growth of cancerous cells. However, the researchers concluded that it would take an average of 11 uses for the devices to actually deliver enough of the radiation to raise the cancer risk. “When it comes to protecting ourselves against skin cancer, tanning beds, or other places where we can expect continuous exposure to sunlight, are of much greater concern than nail salons,” said Dr. White. If you are going to be spending a lot of time outdoors, make sure to prepare accordingly by applying, and reapplying, sunscreen and by wearing protective clothing—especially if you have fair skin and/or red hair. Better yet, seek shade whenever possible, to limit being exposed to direct sunlight for a prolonged amount of time. While many people are under the impressions that the UV rays emitted by tanning beds are harmless, this is far from reality. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, people who have been exposed to UV rays from indoor tanning have a 59 percent increase of developing melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. (Source: The risks associated with using tanning beds have become concerning enough to prompt the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue an official warning against sunlamps. The labeling requirements have changed from low-risk to moderate-risk devices, and the FDA is also mandating that the devices warn against people under the age of 18 using the lamps. For more information about Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention, please visit: