Courtesy of Getty ImagesYou can always count on the tabloids for sensationalism, but one particular headline earlier this week sent shivers of fear through the beautysphere. "Doc Warns That Popular Gel Manicure Is a 'Cancer Risk'" screamed the New York Post atop a story that likened the lamps in nail salons to cancer-causing indoor tanning beds. We contacted the doctor in question, NYU Medical School department of dermatology assistant professor Chris Adigun, and she welcomed the chance to set the record straight about an article that related some, but by no means all, of the information you need to know about UV nail lamps. "There is a risk, but the risk is small," she says-and there's certainly no reason to give up your gel manicures.
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As any woman who has had one of the popular manicures knows, UV lamps are an essential step for curing the gel polish that can last for weeks. The problem is, the lamps emit UV light, and UV light does cause cancer