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UV Nail Lamps May Be Linked to Skin Cancer

Some doctors warn of an overlooked source of ultraviolet radiation that may be hazardous to your health. UV nail lamps, used for drying nail polish, emit similar amounts of radiation per meter squared as those found in tanning beds, studies show. While no large studies of their effects exist to date, smaller studies published in the Archives of Dermatology, describe two cases of women who, without family histories of skin cancer, developed non-melanoma cancers on their hands. The studies found a link between cancer and use of nail drying lamps. Dr. Roshini Raj, New York U. Medical School, addresses the issue in her book, “What the Yuck?! The Freaky and Fabulous Truth About Your Body,” and warns to use nail dryers sparingly. “Or better yet, let your nails dry on their own."

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