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Ultra-violet (UV) nail dryer lamps and the skin cancer risk
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Women and men who visit salons and use a nail dryer lamp could be increasing their risk of skin cancer, according to a new report.
Health care professionals alerted the medical community recently after two women developed tumors on their hands from exposure to ultra-violet (UV) lamps.
Doctors now worry the high dose of UVA rays - the most dangerous form of ultra-violet light - they produce could be damaging skin cells and causing cancer.
Dermatologists at the University of Texas are urging further research into the safety of UV nail lamps after reviewing the April 2009 report from the Archives of Dermatology "Occurrence of nonmelanoma skin cancers on the hands after UV nail light exposure," by MacFarlane DF, Alonso CA.
The report, out of the Departments of Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, cites some worrying information about nail lamps and nonmelanoma skin cancer.
According to the report, exposure to tanning beds, which contain mostly high-dose UV-A emitters, is a known cause of photoaging. Evidence is also accumulating for an association between tanning bed use and the development of skin cancer.
Researchers say another source of high-dose UV-A is UV nail lights, available for use in the home and in beauty salons.
Their study followed two healthy middle-aged women with no personal or family history of skin cancer developed nonmelanoma skin cancers on the dorsum of their hands.
Both women reported previous exposure to UV nail lights.
The researchers concluded that it appears that exposure to UV nail lights is a risk factor for the development of skin cancer.
They added that awareness of this possible association may help physicians identify more skin cancers and better educate their patients.
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