Study: UV manicure lamps do not cause skin cancer

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Study: UV manicure lamps do not cause skin cancer

December 6, 2012 Updated Dec 6, 2012 at 12:11 PM CDT

BOSTON -- A new study confirms that lamps used to dry nails after a manicure don't cause skin cancer.

There has been concern that artificial UV lamps used at nail salons were linked to a risk of Keratinocyte Carcinoma, which is the most common cancer in the United States.

Researchers measured the wavelengths, wattage, and irradiates of three different lamp models.

They determined it would take 250 years of weekly UV lamp sessions to significantly raise the risk of cancer.

This study was led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and published in 'Journal of Investigative Dermatology'.

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