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Can gel manicures increase cancer risk?

Gel manicures have been very popular the past few years. Your nails dry instantly. There's a ton of bold colors and different design options, and they stay perfectly chip-free for up to a month.

But a study published in the Archives of Dermatology detailed cases of two women who developed skin cancer after long-term exposure to the ultra-violet lights used to dry and set the gel nails, myFOXphoenix reported.

Instead of the UV, ask for LED lights, experts recommended.

The light-emitting diodes don't carry the same risks that the ultraviolet does.

The nail industry defends the UV lights used with gel manicures, saying the UV levels are so low that there is no risk.

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