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Acrylic nail curing UV lamps: High-intensity exposure warrants further research of skin cancer risk

      To the Editor: Recent media headlines have highlighted safety concerns regarding skin cancer risk and ultraviolet (UV) lamps used to cure artificial nail acrylics.

      Jaslow, Ryan. Gel manicures may lead to nail problems and potential skin cancer risk, dermatologist warns. CBS News. Available at: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57573145/gel-manicures-may-lead-to-nail-problems-and-potential-skin-cancer-risk-dermatologist-warns/. Accessed March 29, 2013.

      • MacFarlane D.F.
      • Alonso C.A.
      Occurrence of nonmelanoma skin cancers on the hands after UV nail light exposure.
      We also read with great interest a recently published article by Markova and Weinstock refuting this risk.
      • Markova A.
      • Weinstock M.
      Risk of skin cancer associated with the use of UV nail lamp.
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      References

      1. Jaslow, Ryan. Gel manicures may lead to nail problems and potential skin cancer risk, dermatologist warns. CBS News. Available at: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57573145/gel-manicures-may-lead-to-nail-problems-and-potential-skin-cancer-risk-dermatologist-warns/. Accessed March 29, 2013.

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        Occurrence of nonmelanoma skin cancers on the hands after UV nail light exposure.
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        Risk of skin cancer associated with the use of UV nail lamp.
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      • Nail curing UV lamps: Trivial exposure not cause for public alarm
        Journal of the American Academy of DermatologyVol. 73Issue 5
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          To the Editor: The letter by Curtis et al,1 “Acrylic nail curing UV lamps: High intensity exposure warrants further research of skin cancer risk,” is based upon inappropriate measurements and improper analysis of results. Our contemporaneous stringent photobiological safety analysis2 of 6 nail lamps, 2 of which we both appear to have examined, strongly contradicts Curtis et al's conclusions.
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