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Some doctors say getting gel manicures increases your risk of melanoma on your hand

Some doctors say getting gel manicures increases your risk of melanoma on your hand. // WSBT 22 Photo

It's something many of us do for a little me time.

But could that me time be harming you?

Some doctors say that getting gel manicures could be bad for you.

It's not the gel paint itself. It's the light that's used to set the manicure.

Many of those lights are UVA.

If you've gotten a gel manicure, you know that you put your hand inside that light for at least 30 seconds about four times.

That light is as harmful as a tanning bed. The same effects of extreme exposure can come from it.

Doctors say it increases your risk of melanoma on your hand and can cause some other unwanted affects.

"UVA light besides causing damage that can cause cancer, can also in the long run cause problems with wrinkling and what are called age spots which has little to do with age and everything to do with sunlight or UVA radiation," said Miles Andrew, dermatologist at St. Joseph Physician.

There are some things you can do to prevent your exposure.

Doctors suggest using gloves that cover your hands while cutting out the nail portion and using sunblock.

If you notice any brown irregular spots on your hands or streaks in your nails, you should see a dermatologist.

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