Study: Cancer risk from UV nail lamps is low

Nail technician Leo Nguyen paints nails of his customer Du Mai Anh at Nails 28, a nail salon, in Hanoi, Vietnam, Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Chitose Suzuki)

December 6, 2012 12:44:59 PM PST
When it comes to getting your nails done, a new study out Thursday morning suggests those widely used UV nail lamps are safer than most people think.

For the study, researchers measured radiation from typical nail lamps. They found that even if used weekly for 250 years, the risk of getting skin cancer was low.

The finding contradicts the feeling of many dermatologists that say the devices are as harmful as tanning beds. Most dermatologist recommend using sunscreen when using UV nail lamps.

The study appears in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology.