UV nail lamps pose no skin cancer threat
UV lamps used at nail salons do not appear to significantly increase the risk of developing a type of skin cancer called keratinocyte carcinoma, researchers say.
In a new study, researchers assessed the risk of keratinocyte carcinoma associated with the use of three UV nail lamp models.
The lamps were considered to be representative of standard UV nail lamps, said researchers Alina Markova and Martin Weinstock, from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Providence, R.I.
Assuming 10 minutes of use per UV nail lamp session - a common length of time of use - the researchers calculated that it would take 250 years of weekly UV nail sessions to equal the risk of exposure associated with one course of narrowband UVB treatments for certain kinds of skin conditions.
Based on this finding, the researchers concluded that UV nail lamps do not play a substantial role in the risk of developing keratinocyte carcinoma.
The study was recently published online in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.