In response to: Nail Salon Cancer Warning? – Video – FoxNews.com
Dear Dr. Manny,
I watched your report on “Nail Salon Cancer Warning” and would like to inform you about how incredibly misleading it was. A client placing her hands and nails under a UV lamp to dry polish presents a extremely doubtful, minimal risk of developing skin cancer. Of course, the title of the report is “Nail Salon Cancer Warning” which would scare people into watching because they get their nails done, only to find out, that the report is pure speculation. The doctor in your report states that at 2-3 minutes per visit, twice a month, over a 10 year period presents risk. I’d like to point out that over the next ten years there is a risk I could be hit in the head and killed by falling space debris, but obviously, not likely.
This story was not factual and when you extrapolate numbers over a 10 year period numbers can be manipulated in any direction the person chooses.
The doctor also states that if a client is going to be using a UV lamp to dry her nails, the client should wear sunscreen. This would cause an artificial gel nail to lift, possibly causing bacteria to become trapped between the nail and gel, (which would be a whole different issue) or in the case of drying polish, would not allow the polish to adhere to the nail plate.
This story bordered on sensationalism to grab viewers because nails are an incredibly popular service among women of all ages. I am incredibly disappointed, and I think there should have been more responsible reporting in this situation. There are many things in a nail salon that can be dangerous in the wrong hands, but UV curing gels under a UV lamp or polish is far down on the list of possible dangers.
Your doctor did not tell us how many cases of skin cancer have been diagnosed on the skin and fingers from curing nails under UV lamps. The service has been used over 20 years so the information would be there.
“UV lamps currently on the market range from 8 watts to 45 watts for curing gels and polishes.”
Watts indicate how much energy is being used per second, not the strength of UV rays that are being dispersed. Perhaps the doctor would be well advised to do further research and fact-finding regarding the actual output of the UV rays in these lights and how this compares to the UV lights he would use in his practice for light therapy. Many doctors use ultra violet light therapy to kill bacteria on the skin, treating psoriasis and to help the body produce vitamin D, that use can be from 2 minutes up to 8 minutes. How does that compare to a UV lamp that is used to dry/cure nails/nail products?
As I said before, this report was misleading and there should be more research before putting that information out to the general public. I have been a licensed nail technician for approximately 20 years and have used gel lamps during my entire career as such. I have not had one incident of a client having skin cancer of the fingers or nails. As always, after this type of report, I will now spend my time explaining to my clients the information in the report that is misleading and fielding phone calls from clients wondering if their services are safe.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions if I am unable to answer your question I can connect you to many professionals in the nail industry that can give you the information you need.