UV lamps used to dry gel manicures raise skin cancer risk

The Washington Post reviews the safety of ultraviolet lamps in gel manicures, citing a 2009 Archives of Dermatology article about two women who developed non-melanoma skin cancer on their hands after such exposure to UV lamps.

Gel manicures require a client to put hands under UV lamps for up to 10 minutes.

In the Post, Johns Hopkins University dermatologist Anna M. Bender says, “Artificial UV light does elevate your risk for developing skin cancer” and suggests the use of sunscreen.

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