Gel Manicures and the Risk of Cancer
A lot of buzz has been going around about the possibility of gel manicures causing cancer, and now the Skin Cancer Foundation has released a statement with its findings. Research has shown that ultraviolet (UV) radiation-emitting devices used for gel manicures, although very low, do have a risk 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.
If you must get a UV-gel manicure, The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends applying sunscreen to your hands beforehand. You can protect your hands from skin cancer, as well as wrinkles, brown spots, and other signs of aging, by applying a moisturizing sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher to your hands at least every two hours throughout the day.
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