Doctors warn women that manicure could kill them.They said that keeping nails tidy could be doing serious damage to their health as experts now warn a professional polish could cause skin cancer.The UV lamps used to dry nails and harden polish appears to be the real danger involved.
The lamps are said to emit similar light to cancerous UV tanning beds. Women who frequently get their nails done have been advised to apply sunscreen beforehand or use fingerless gloves to limit any potential harm from the UV lamps.
In a report published in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology, a group of plastic surgeons in Ireland found there have been reports linking the use of these lamps to the development of skin cancer on the hand. “However, the risk associated with these lamps has yet to be truly established,” they wrote.
Regardless of the lack of in-depth testing, the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University Hospital Galway, concluded that people should apply sunscreen before having a gel manicure.
“The Skin Cancer Foundation in the USA and the American Academy of Dermatology, recommend that prior to a gel manicure, clients should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to the hands,” they wrote in the report. “The evidence on this subject is variable and often controversial, leaving the health-care provider with no clear conclusion, and further research is warranted.”
“In the interim, we agree with the advice that approximately 20 minutes before having a manicure a broad spectrum, high sun protection factor sunscreen is applied to the hands, or the use of fingerless gloves should be considered.”
Australian GP Dr Brad McKay told the Today show, he said it was difficult to know if the lamps present the same danger as tanning beds.“The light is actually quite variable, you can get all sorts of different machines and there’s not much standardization,” he said.“You can order them on eBay so wherever you’re going [to the salon] you’re not quite sure how good or bad it is“, He added.
He continued by saying that, “Some of the estimates are saying you need to have your hands in there for about 30 minutes to cause any significant problems.” He also said, “If you’re going back every week or having multiple treatments than that UV light exposure can accumulate over time.”
However, the Cancer Council Australia warned frequent exposure to UV radiation through these lamps can be problematic. “Generally, these devices emit low levels of UV radiation and people are exposed for very short periods,” Heather Walker, chair national skin cancer committee for Cancer Council Australia said.”However, UV damage adds up over time so protecting your hands is recommended”, he concluded.
Adapted From:Daily Record