Are nail salon UV lamps a skin cancer risk?

admin   •   May 2, 2014   •   2254

Nail polish bottles are seen before the Kate Spade Spring/Summer 2014 collection presentation during New York Fashion Week September 6, 2013. (ERIC THAYER / Reuters )

(Reuters Health) – The ultraviolet lamps used in some nail salons to dry and cure nail polish deliver the same hazardous rays as tanning beds, but it would take many manicures to actually cause damage, suggests a new study.

After testing 17 different lamps in nail salons, researchers calculated that it would take between eight and 208 visits – depending on the machine – to damage skin cells in a way that raises cancer risk.

“I wouldn’t tell a patient to stop going unless they were going multiple times a month,” lead author Dr. Lyndsay Shipp from Georgia Regents University in Augusta told Reuters Health.

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a risk factor for most skin cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. Natural sunlight and UV lamps used for tanning give off the harmful rays, as do the small lamps used to speed drying in nail salons.

Previous studies have looked at the polish-drying UV lamps and suggested the rays may be powerful enough to cause damage, Shipp’s team notes in JAMA Dermatology, but those studies had flaws.

“They didn’t actually go out and measure the nail lamps themselves and measure the UV radiation they’re exposed to,” Shipp said.

For the new study, the researchers measured the UV-A rays produced by 17 different nail polish drying devices at 16 salons.

UV-A is one of three types of UV ray. It ages the skin to cause wrinkles and breaks DNA strands within skin cells, which can lead to cancer.

The lamps tested by the researchers differed in their power levels, but generally UV lamps with higher wattages put out higher levels of UV-A radiation.

Based on a calculation of how much UV-A radiation exposure is needed to damage DNA, the researchers found that it would take – on average – 11 uses for the devices to deliver enough UV-A to raise cancer risk.

They estimated that hands would be in the device for about eight minutes per manicure, and the risky total exposure times ranged from eight minutes to 208 minutes, depending on the machine.

Although the risk is low, Shipp’s team endorsed the idea of wearing sunscreen to protect hands from UV damage.

Dr. Alina Markova, who was not involved in the new study, told Reuters Health it’s also important to note that DNA damage doesn’t mean the person will develop cancer.

“Just one risk factor of DNA damage doesn’t mean you’ll have a clinical outcome of skin cancer or photoaging,” she said.

Markova, who works within the Boston University Department of Dermatology, has studied the UV rays put off by nail salon lamps.

“While we’re starting to realize these UV nail lamps are relatively safe, we still need to realize that the artificial UV devices that are hazardous are tanning beds,” she said.

The World Health Organization (WHO), the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Dermatology have come out against indoor tanning in recent years.

In 2009, WHO labeled tanning devices as high-level carcinogens, which puts tanning on par with tobacco use as a public health threat.

Shipp said doctors can’t say anything is perfectly safe, but nail salon lamps seem relatively safe.

“Personally, I won’t stop getting manicures myself,” she said.

SOURCE: bit,ly/WjBo5P JAMA Dermatology, online April 30, 2014.

‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman dies of colon cancer

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 29, 2020

Chadwick Boseman, the actor most known for his portrayal of the Black Panther, has passed away after battling with colon cancer for four years.

Boseman was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and it progressed to stage IV. Reports say, he died in his home with his wife and family by his side.

It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.⁣ ⁣ Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III…

Posted by Chadwick Boseman on Friday, August 28, 2020

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy,” according to the post on his official Facebook page.

Fans are devastated to hear the news and has sent countless of condolences and prayers to Boseman’s family and friends.

No more pain, no more suffering: Student in viral post passes away

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 25, 2019

Maxine Blanco during happier times | Images taken from Maxine Blanco’s Facebook page

No more pain, no more suffering.

Netizens knew 19-year-old Maxine Blanco from a viral post on Facebook. Her boyfriend, Gab Sta. Ana, shared a post of his journey with her: how love blooms and how it continues to bloom despite trials.

Her smile and kind eyes shined in all her photos, proof that she did #LiveLifeToTheMax. Her smile never changed from when she was still in high school, even until she started battling osteosarcoma or bone cancer.

Maxine inspired netizens with her brave spirit. Now, netizens mourn her passing which occurred on Saturday.

Max fought hard and I'm thankful for everything. No more pain, no more suffering. She might left us, but her spirit will always be here. I love you Maxine

Posted by Gab Sta Ana on Saturday, 23 March 2019

3pm…the hour of the divine mercy.Maxine earned her angel wings and slowly going up in heaven. For sure all the other…

Posted by Live Life To The MAX on Saturday, 23 March 2019

Maxine is among the tens of thousands of Filipinos who succumbed to the disease. Cancer is among the top causes of mortality in the country according to the Department of Health (DOH).

“Cancer remains a national health priority in the country with significant implications for individuals, families, communities and the health system,” said the Philippine Cancer Control Program of the DOH.

President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed Republic Act 11215 or the National Integrated Cancer Control Act in February.

It aims to improve essential programs and increase investments for the prevention of cancer, better screening, prompt and accurate diagnosis, and optimal treatment.—Aileen Cerrudo

Duterte has no cancer, jokes about having ‘battery syndrome’

Marje Pelayo   •   October 10, 2018

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a document while answering queries from members of the Malacañang Press Corps following the oath-taking ceremony of their newly-elected officials at the Malacañan Palace on October 9, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO


MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has cleared rumors about his health saying he does not have cancer.

In a sudden press briefing at Malacanang on Tuesday night (October 9), the President confirmed that based on the results of his medical exams, it is his gastroesophageal reflux disease (Barret’s esophagus) that he should be more concerned about.

“Was I found positive of cancer? No, it’s not the colon. It’s my Barrett’s (esophagus). Dito iyan. It’s badly eroded because I was told to stop drinking years ago, but of late, bumalik kasi ako,” the President explained.

During the press briefing, the President even joked that instead of cancer, he has “battery syndrome” as he likened the human body into a battery which needed to be recharged.

“’Yang health natin, parang baterya ’yan, may positive at saka negative,” he explained further.

When asked if he will make his health condition public in case it gets worse, the President said he leaves it up to the Cabinet.

“The Constitution says that you let the people know, but the [information about the] procedure does not go directly to the people. The Cabinet should be the one to decide if you are fully incapacitated to discharge the function of your office,” President Duterte said.

The President also denied rumors that he went to Hong Kong to allegedly seek medical opinion.

Instead, he went there for a breather and to shop for pants and shirts. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)


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