Gel Manicures With UV Lights Could Cause Cancer

Ladies the next time you head to the nail salon to get your nails done, you might want to grab your bottle of sunscreen as well. A 20-year-old Miss USA contestant, Karolina Jasko, was recently diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer and doctors say years of exposure to UV lights while getting manicures contributed to her diagnosis.

“I got this black vertical line on my fingernail and I never really noticed it because I had acrylics,” she told Fox 5 DC.

Over the past few years, these lamps and light boxes used to seal polish have raised concerns.

“Whether indoor tanning, UV lamp, outdoor tanning, all of those can cause aging of the skin and potential for skin cancers,” said Dr. Carolyn Jacob, director of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology.

Dr. Jacob advises women take precautions when using light boxes during manicures.

First tip – use sunscreen on your hands.

“Use a sunscreen that has a physical blocker like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to cover all of your skin,” Dr. Jacob said.

Tip number two – wear protective gloves that salons sometimes provide or you can order online.

For Karolina, her brush with melanoma became part of her platform as Miss Illinois USA. This week, she’ll be competing in the Miss USA pageant where she hopes to bring the serious issue of skin cancer to the forefront.

“Being Miss Illinois USA helps me a lot because I get to talk about it with large groups of people and I feel like I get to bring awareness,” Karolina said.


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