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Having gel nails could lead to skin cancer

If you have gel nails, you may love it because you don't have to do a thing to them between nail appointments.  However, a dermatologist in Plano is making some people nervous about gel nails. Not the gel, but the process.

You see, the secret behind gel nail manicures is curing the polish under a UV light to give it a rock hard finish that lasts up to three weeks.  Dr. Paul Martinelli says those are the kind of lights used in tanning beds.  He says over time, that exposure could lead to an increased risk of skin cancer.

"I've seen cases with women, who've had squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer on the back of hands and back of the fingers who have used these devices.  I can't say it caused them. It's just a correlation."

Dr. Martinelli is not the first to raise this concern.  Two years ago, Researchers at the University of Texas called for more studies on this.   Dr. Martinelli says the best thing to do if you use gel nails is just apply a good sunscreen before you go.   That will help to cut the exposure, which is a good idea anyway in general to reduce the risk of aging and sun spots.

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