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UV Nail yers Update DermTV Epi 489

UV lights usednail treatments and the possible development of skin canceron fingers were discusseda previous DermTV episode. Important new information on the alleged risksof these UV exposures warrants this eyeopening update. Hello I'm Neal Schultz pause

And welcome to DermTV. Unprotected exposure to any UV light is badfor your skin. Period. In the first DermTV episode on UV nail treatments, I quoted a report from a reputable dermatologyjournal from 2009which two women who regularly receivedUV nail treatments developed squamous cell cancer on their fingers. This raised concernthe dermatologic community as well as for the public about the safetyof these treatments

and their risk of causing skin cancer. Spokespersons for the nail industry have beenadamantinsisting that there is no danger and they correctly state that two cases ofskin cancerthese UV nail yer users do not prove that UV nail yers caused theirskin cancers. While the type of UV light emitted by thesenail yers is the same type usedmany tanning salons and has the wavelength which is known to causepremature photoaging

of the skin and skin cancer, the issue comesdown to dose: Do you really get a strong enough dose duringthe 510 minute treatment to be able to cause or even just contributeto skin canceré The original report from 2009 implied thatyou do. In December 2012, a Letter to the Editorthe Journal of InvestigativeDermatology, one of the most prestigious research dermatologyjournals, adessed this issue. The authors did extensive testing with threecommon UV nail lamp devices

which they were able to determine, withrelative confidence, the actual dose of UV light that the fingersare exposed to during these treatments. They then compared that dose to other medicaltreatments done for Psoriasis which are thought to be safe and use similarUV light. The authors concluded that the dose of UVlight even from regular use of these UV nail lamps is probably not sufficient to cause skin cancer. This report should be reassuring to most people

that UV nail lamps may not represent an imminentthreat to causing skin cancer. However, while the nail industry insists thatthese treatments are safe, and the informationthe letter I just mentionedI believe is accurate and reliable, the instructions with the UV nail lamps explicitlystate. “The UV radiation from sunshine or UV facilities�– meaning this lamp – “may cause injuryto skin. Repeated overexposure to UV radiation maycause skin aging and increase the incidence of skin cancer.�


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