Friday, March 8, 2013

U.V. Lamp Cancer and You

There have been a lot of reports stating that U.V. lamps (for gel nails) can cause skin cancer so there are been several clients asking me about this. 
Let me just first say that we come from a society that takes an alarmist point-of-view and I think it's pretty irritating how the media can create a public hysteria. I really don't think U.V.lamps are harmful but with all of the different cancers popping up these days, it's understandable how consumers would be concerned. Here is was the Skin Cancer Foundation has to say about it.

"Research has shown that ultraviolet (UV) radiation-emitting devices are carcinogenic to humans. Although studies have shown that the skin cancer risk associated with UVR-emitting nail lamps for gel manicures is very low, it is not insignificant. The risk, according to anecdotal research, is greatest for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common skin cancer. An estimated 700,000 cases of SCC are diagnosed each year in the US, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths. SCC is mainly caused by chronic UV exposure and is very common on the hands and around the fingernails."

Call me crazy, but I really don't think that getting Shellac ( or the U.V. gel of your choice)once every 2-3 weeks is considered "chronic use" DO YOU? I would keep a bottle of 15 S.P.F lotion at your station just in case your client is ultra-concerned.

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