Just how long are people toasting their hands under how much UV that this claim is even made?
UV lamps commonly used in nail salons are akin to ”mini tanning beds” and may pose a skin cancer risk, says one of Australia’s leading melanoma researchers.
Graham Mann, professor in medicine at the University of Sydney and a researcher at the Westmead Millennium Institute and Melanoma Institute Australia, said the lamps had the same type of long-wave ultraviolet radiation which promoted tanning.
He described the UV lamps as ”mini tanning beds”. Tanning beds were recently banned by the NSW government.
Professor Mann, the lead author of a major study last year into melanoma and tanning beds, said more research into the nail lamps was required to assess the risk.
”I suspect it is a concern,” he said. ”It’s hard to know exactly how much extra risk it would produce but I am sure it produces some. There’s not been much research done to link up the use of these nail ovens with skin cancer, although it’s definitely something worth exploring.”
The ban on tanning beds will come into effect in 2014, after public health concerns about their link to skin cancer.
A 2009 study from the University of Texas Medical School, published in the Archives of Dermatology, raised questions about UV exposure from nail lamps, used to ”cure” gel and shellac nails.