Do gel manicures increase risk of skin cancer? - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

Do gel manicures increase risk of skin cancer?

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Gel manicures are pretty and last a long time. But are they potentially dangerous? New research shows the lights used during the manicures can increase your risk of cancer.

During a gel manicure, a gel-like substance is applied to the nail and then baked under a ultraviolet light, which can cause skin cancer, according to one doctor.

"I can't tell you exactly what the risk is for each individual woman because some women are using them more frequently than others, but the risk is there," said Dr. Chris Adigun, a dermatologist who specializes in nails.

During her research on gel, also known as shellac manicures, she found that UV exposure isn't the only potential problem.

"Women tend to wear these gel manicures because they are durable but they might not notice the changes underneath their nails," she said. "And so it hinders my ability to police or evaluate their nails for disease or tumors."

Dr. Adigun said you don't have to completely stay away, just remember that less is more.

"I suggest moderation is key," she said.

Doctors say if you have to get this type of manicure, your best bet on staying safe is to use sunscreen on your hands.

  • Manhattan NewsManhattan NewsMore>>

  • Palestinian banner unfurled on Manhattan Bridge

    Palestinian banner unfurled on Manhattan Bridge

    Thursday, August 21 2014 7:14 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:14:27 GMT
    Pro-Palestinian activists marching along the Brooklyn Bridge got an eyeful when a giant flag banner in Palestinian colors was unfurled on the nearby Manhattan Bridge. The flag had the words "Boycott, Divest, Sanction" and was lowered from a part of the bridge near the Manhattan side Wednesday evening. Activists on the Brooklyn Bridge met its appearance with cheers.
    Pro-Palestinian activists marching along the Brooklyn Bridge got an eyeful when a giant flag banner in Palestinian colors was unfurled on the nearby Manhattan Bridge. The flag had the words "Boycott, Divest, Sanction" and was lowered from a part of the bridge near the Manhattan side Wednesday evening. Activists on the Brooklyn Bridge met its appearance with cheers.
  • Helmsley Building lights up in gold

    Going gold for pediatric cancer research

    Going gold for pediatric cancer research

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:22:24 GMT
    The Helmsley Building in Manhattan went gold Wednesday night in honor of children with cancer. The owners also plan to do the same in September for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.Other city landmarks that will go gold next month include Times Square, the Coney Island Parachute jump, and all of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
    The Helmsley Building in Manhattan went gold Wednesday night in honor of children with cancer. The owners also plan to do the same in September for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.Other city landmarks that will go gold next month include Times Square, the Coney Island Parachute jump, and all of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
  • Bed bug infestation at money firm PIMCO, report says

    Bed bug infestation at money firm PIMCO, report says

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-08-20 22:55:02 GMT
    A big money management firm in New York City has been hit with a major infestation of bed bugs, according to Fox Business Network. Stock traders who do business with Pacific Investment Management Co., better known as PIMCO, told Fox Business' Charles Gasparino that hundreds of people have been relocated from one of the firm's buildings in New York City to an undisclosed upstate location after reports of widespread bed bug bites among executives and employees.
    A big money management firm in New York City has been hit with a major infestation of bed bugs, according to Fox Business Network. Stock traders who do business with Pacific Investment Management Co., better known as PIMCO, told Fox Business' Charles Gasparino that hundreds of people have been relocated from one of the firm's buildings in New York City to an undisclosed upstate location after reports of widespread bed bug bites among executives and employees.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices