A BEAUTY queen was diagnosed with skin cancer after years of “getting my nails done”.
Karolina Jasko, now 20, was just 18 when she noticed a tell-tale sign on her nail – a black line.
Karolina Jasko was diagnosed with skin cancer after years of going to the nail salon
Karolina, who was crowed Miss Illinois and is currently preparing to compete in the Miss USA pageant, went straight to the doctor where she was diagnosed with skin cancer.
“I got a black vertical line under my right fingernail and I never really noticed it because I always had acrylics,” she told Fox News.
“The doctor said I most likely got it from getting my nails done at the nail salon, from the light.
Karoline now wants to raise awareness of getting manicures that use UVA lights to cure the polish – most commonly used in gel manicures.
Fox46 Karolina’s thumb is missing the nail after it had to be removed to get rid of the cancer
Any time your skin is exposed to UV rays you’re at a greater risk of skin cancer.
It occurs when damage is caused to the skin cells, most often by UV light from the sun or tanning beds.
UVA penetrates the inner layer of the skin, called the dermis, and UVB mainly affects the outer layer of the skin, called the epidermis.
This damage can trigger mutations, or genetic defects, that lead the skin cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumours.
Fox46 Karolina is urging others to think about the danger of UV rays used in salons before getting their nails done
Several experts have warned about the danger in the popular salon treatment.
A black line in the nail is part of NHS advice on subungual melanoma, a form of skin cancer that affects the nail bed.
Dr Walayat Hussain, a spokesman for the British Association of Dermatologist, previously told The Sun Online: “Nail melanoma can occur, it is quite a rare form of melanoma.
“It is an isolated, pigmented streak going through one of your nails.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY UV light penetrates the skin and increases your risk of skin cancer
“It is like having a mole in the nail, it is the same process as a mole anywhere else on the body it just happens to be occurring where the nail sits.”
Women who frequently get their nails done have been advised to apply sunscreen beforehand or use fingerless gloves to limit any potential harm from the UV lamps.
In a report published in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology, a group of plastic surgeons in Ireland found there have been observational case reports linking the use of these lamps to the development of skin cancer on the hand.
“However, the risk associated with these lamps has yet to be truly established,” they wrote.
Facebook Black lines on nails are in line with NHS advice on subungual melanoma, a form of skin cancer that affects the nail bed.
“The Skin Cancer Foundation in the USA and the American Academy of Dermatology, recommend that prior to a gel manicure, clients should apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen to the hands.
“The evidence on this subject is variable and often controversial, leaving the health-care provider with no clear conclusion, and further research is warranted.
“In the interim, we agree with the advice that approximately 20 minutes before having a manicure a broad spectrum, high sun protection factor sunscreen is applied to the hands, or the use of fingerless gloves should be considered.”
Cancer Council Australia has also warned frequent exposure to UV radiation through these lamps can be problematic.