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Manicures may increase risk of developing cancer

Getting your nails done may increase your chance of cancer due to exposure to UV rays from nail dryers, experts say.

September 22, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Getting your nails done may increase your chance of cancer. Dermatologists say exposure to UV rays from nail dryers could pose a threat.

According to dermatologists, one exposure to a nail dryer is about the equivalent of a session at a tanning salon. If you're making weekly trips to the nail salon, that's potentially a lot of exposure to unwanted ultraviolet rays.

A safer alternative is getting your nails done in front of a fan.

Doctors say skin cancers can develop years later, even decades, after exposure.