Can you get skin cancer from UV nail lamps?

Everyone knows how important it is to protect the skin from the sun’s rays to reduce skin cancer risks. And now, with continued research, men and women understand the risk of using a tanning bed to get that sun kissed glow in a different way. But did you know that your routine visit to the nail salon can also be resulting in a higher risk of skin cancer?

When patients visit the nail salon to have gel manicures and polish completed, they need to put their hand into a special lighted lamp that can help in curing the nails. This lamp emits UV rays, which is known for causing not only premature aging skin, but skin cancer. However, the amount of UV rays that are emitted from this device are relatively small, making the risk less concerning than overall tanning bed use or unprotected skin exposure to the sun. While this lamp may technically increase one’s risk, the risk is incredibly small overall.

How can I protect my skin?

Taking care of the skin is critical for reducing skin cancer risks. Patients of the Dallas, TX area who are interested in discussing the methods of protecting their skin are urged to speak to the providers at Dermatology Treatment and Research Center. Our team can make recommendations, such as what SPF sunblock to use, what clothing to wear when outdoors, and ways to reduce overall risk. Additionally, our team encourages patients of all ages to schedule a yearly skin cancer screening. During this screening, a doctor evaluates the patient from head to toe, looking for growths, tags, or changes to the skin to determine if cancerous skin cells are present. Any areas of concern may be biopsied and evaluated to look for cancer. If a skin cancer diagnosis is made, our team can help walk a patient through the treatment options available for them based on the type, stage, and size of the cancer found.

Learn more about how to reduce your risk of skin cancer

If you reside in the area of Dallas, TX and are interested in learning more about ways to maintain healthy skin and reduce overall risks of skin cancer, our team of professionals at Dermatology Treatment and Research Center can help! Dr. Clay Cockerell are available for patients at 5310 Harvest Hill Road, Ste. 160 and can be reached by phone to request a visit at (972) 661-2729.