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Further Investigation Into the Risk of Skin Cancer Associated With the Use of UV Nail Lamps

Lyndsay R. Shipp, MD1; Catherine A. Warner, MD1; Frederick A. Rueggeberg, DDS, MS1; Loretta S. Davis, MD1
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1Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Medical College of Georgia and College of Dental Medicine at Georgia Regents University, Augusta
JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(7):775-776. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2013.8740.
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Use of UV radiation in nail salons for drying and curing polishes has come under scrutiny owing to concerns for carcinogenesis.1,2 A few recent studies evaluated potential irradiation scenarios and concluded that UV nail polish drying lamps pose only a small risk to clients.3 However, these studies lacked randomized light sampling from commercial salons.

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Median Irradiance (UV-A) of a Variety of Nail Polish Drying Devices

Of the 17 light units tested, a wide range of wattages, number of bulbs, and median irradiance values was found. The data indicate a direct correlation between the increasing wattage of the light bulb and the amount of UV-A irradiance emitted.

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