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New Study Finds UV Lamps NOT a Skin Cancer Cause

Anne Moratto | January 4, 2013 | 8:55 AM

According to a new study conducted by The Journal of Investigative Dermatology, UV lamps commonly used for drying nail polish do not increase skin cancer risk. 

The Journal of Investigative Dermatology compared the UV rays emitted from three popular brands of nail lamps to low-risk phototherapy devices used in dermatology treatments (each dermatology treatment consists of 15-30 sessions). Researchers found that a salon client would need approximately 250 years of weekly manicures that involve the use of UV nail lights to develop the same risk of exposure as just one round of phototherapy sessions used to treat various skin conditions. Based on these results, researchers concluded that nail lamps do not significantly increase the risk of getting skin cancer.

Further investigation into a possible connection between nail lamps and cancer has been conducted by leading photobiologist and creator of the SPF system, Dr. Robert Sayre. In numerous interviews and his soon-to-be-published research, Dr. Sayre has similarly stated that the use of UV nail lamps does not contribute to the risk of getting skin cancer and that the emissions from UV nail lamps are safer than that of natural sunlight.

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