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Experts Concerned About Unexpected Source of Skin Cancer Risk

Posted on February 15, 2016 by Disability Help Group

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer to get in the United States. Every year there are more than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer diagnosed. This can result in the need for a patient to seek long-term disability benefits while they are recovering from life-saving treatments to fight the cancer.

The main cause of skin cancer is from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation (UV). These rays are invisible to the eye but can result in significant damage. Minor damage comes in the form of sunburn but prolonged exposure can increase the risk of skin cancer.

During the dog days of summer, many people are concerned about UV exposure. Before heading out to the beach for a long Labor Day weekend or other outdoor activities many people are protecting their skin with sunscreen products.

But experts are warning of an unexpected potential source for skin cancer: the “nail” lamps used in beauty salons. The UV radiation from nail lamps may not be a well-publicized danger, but some doctors are warning that they could be hazardous. They are essentially smaller versions of the tanning beds that also emit UV radiation.

Although the likelihood of developing skin cancer from nail lamps may not be high, in one study from the Archives of Dermatology, two cases of non-melanoma skin cancer were linked to the use the UV nail lamps.

The concern is that if women visit a nail salon frequently they are increasing their exposure to UV radiation. Doctors advise using them sparingly or better yet, avoiding them-and tanning beds-altogether.

If you suffer from skin cancer or any other severe medical condition that prevents you from working, you may qualify for long-term disability benefits. Contact a long-term disability representative who can help you determine eligibility.

The long-term disability representatives at Disability Help Group have experience with cross examining medical and vocational experts and take time when speaking with you about your case. Call us today at 1-(800)-800-3332 for a FREE consultation.