Email List Google Plus

Photo GalleriesCrime StoppersSchool ClosingsSchool Closing Alerts Sign UpCommunity CalendarNews Links


Tonight: Mostly cloudy and cool.
Low: 26     Winds: Calm

Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy skies, a tiny bit warmer.
High: 37     Winds: SE 5-10 mph

Monday: Increasing clouds, scattered rain moves in through the evening.
High: 46     ...
Washington Times
Advertise with us!

Search Results

The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available.

Health Risks of Gel Manicures

MIAMI VALLEY -- Gel manicures, also known as shellac, have grown in popularity in recent years, but experts say it comes with a risk.

If you just type in "gel manicures" into Google, you may find several stories talking about a "potential cancer" risk and "the ugly truth about gel manicures."

We asked dermatologist Matthew Bakos where the danger comes from, and the answer is the UV light used to cure or dry the shellac.

"Any time you expose yourself to radiation, ultraviolet or otherwise, there's certainly going to be an increased risk and over time it certainly may be accumulative," Bakos said.

It's the same harmful radiation found in tanning beds.  We've heard over the years just how dangerous tanning can be and how it can cause all types of skin cancer.  Experts say using these UV lights for the manicures poses the same risk.

"Not only would it increase your risk for skin cancer but repeated exposure to these ultraviolet light sources may increase your risk for brown spots, wrinkles and other signs of chronic sun damage," Bakos said.

Kristin Schoumacher felt the effects of too much exposure to UV rays in tanning beds.

"The "C" word, it was like OK, I have cancer, what's going on here," said Schoumacher.

Her stomach is now riddled with scars after her battle with stage two melanoma.

"It kind of laid out the rest of my life, that melanoma is not like breast cancer," she said, "But it's the type of cancer that can return at any time to any one of my organs."

And that's something Kristin lives with every day, the fear that she might not see her three kids grow up.

"My kids have to live with it," she said. "My kids, now they'll get questioned, 'well do you know anyone with cancer?,' 'Yeah my mom,' it's like what, you shouldn't have to say that, it was my fault for tanning and now this could effect you."

Since UV light can be dangerous, are these gel manicures putting you more at risk?

"This risk is much, much lower than we originally thought.  The risk is not insignificant, but it is really, really small," Bakos said.

Bakos says you're exposed to the harmful rays for a much shorter period of time than tanning beds.  He also says the light strength is much lower.

But for some the risk is still substantial.

People who have fair skin, blue eyes, blonde hair, red hair, certainly are at an increased risk for skin cancer, as well as sun damage from any type of light source, Bakos said, and therefore they should be cautious on doing that type of treatment.

While some should be cautious, others are still willing to gamble with their health.

"I wouldn't think about it and I don't think it would be that much of a risk," said Diana Morris. "I personally would probably just go ahead and get it done anyway. Being a woman and all, it's the price of beauty."

If you're worried about the exposure, you can put sunscreen on your hands or cut the tips out of gloves so only your nails are exposed.

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - The Ferguson Decision

    The Ferguson Decision

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Tracking Ebola

    Tracking Ebola

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Miami Valley Crime Stoppers

    Miami Valley Crime Stoppers

    If you have information about a crime that has occurred, call Miami Valley Crime Stoppers at 937-222-7867 (STOP) 800-637-5735, 24 hours a day. Callers can remain anonymous.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Border Crisis

    Border Crisis

    Get the latest developments on the border control issue!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Chefs Corner

    Chefs Corner

    We often invite local chefs into our studio kitchen to demonstrate their cooking techniques and recipes.  Watch those video segments on this page.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Pay It Forward

    Pay It Forward

    River Valley Credit Union, FOX45, and ABC22 recognize the good deeds of people and organizations who make the Miami Valley a better place.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Health Care Reform

    Health Care Reform

    The Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Affordable Care Act sparked a new battle. Check here daily for the latest developments, locally and across the country.

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Secrets Of A Thief

    Secrets Of A Thief

    We expose the "Secrets Of A Thief". Sponsored by Shiver Security.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Cool Schools

    Cool Schools

    Our children are the way of the future and it all starts with our schools. Join us as our Hilary Zalla goes inside schools around the Miami Valley to find out what cool things students and teachers are ...
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Town Hall

    Town Hall

    Join in as our expert panel discusses jobs in Ohio
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - No Text Zone

    No Text Zone

    Texting While Driving Kills Thousands of People Each Year. Many More are Seriously Injured. You Can Help Make Our Roads a NO TEXT ZONE.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Washington Times

    Washington Times

    Politics, Breaking News, US and World News.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - On Time Traffic

    On Time Traffic

    Get the latest traffic information and updates here!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - School Closings

    School Closings

    Get the list of all closings and delays for schools and businesses within the area, and sign up for text alerts!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Save Local TV

    Save Local TV

    Find out how you can save local TV right here!

  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Raw News

    Raw News

    Watch raw, unedited and uncensored news stories right here!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Pump Patrol

    Pump Patrol

    Find the lowest gas prices, check out local and national price trends, report low prices and get fuel saving tips!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Political Pulse

    Political Pulse

    Armstrong Williams is a pugnacious, provocative and principled voice for conservatives and Christian values in America's public debates.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - News Links

    News Links

    These links were chosen by the newsroom for their newsworthy content. These sites enhance the news stories that aired on the newscast on the dates cited.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Menard's Around the House

    Menard's Around the House

    Menards Around the House how-to videos give you tips for those much needed home improvements!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - On the Move

    On the Move

    Get the latest news and more on your mobile phone!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Good Morning

    Good Morning

    It's Fun, it's fresh, the way mornings should be!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Top Stories

    Top Stories

    Get up to the minute information from across Ohio in our Top Stories section!
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Your Voice. Your Future.

    Your Voice. Your Future.

    As the country faces challenges from federal budget issues to jobs and national debt, your voice is critical to the future.
  • Dayton Ohio News, Weather, Traffic :: News - Waste Watch

    Waste Watch

    How are your tax dollars being spent? Waste Watch tracks whether local, state and federal governments or any groups are using your money wisely...or wasting it.

more »

Business News

FBI conclusively links North Korea to Sony hack

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The FBI says it has enough evidence to conclude that North Korea was behind the hack attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment.

Consumer Info

   WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 03/21/14 --
 Companies that pride themselves on being eco-friendly may have conflicted
 ideas between marketing with ad specialties and maintaining their green
 reputation. ...

Entertainment News


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Now that Sony has made the bombshell decision to scrap "The Interview" -- the fallout is starting to spread.

Get This


FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) -- Baby Jesus is going high-tech.

Science/Tech News


ATLANTA (AP) -- Remember how after 9/11, there was increased attention given to security at buildings, airports and other complexes.

Tonight on ABC 22

3:30 pm ..... Royal Purple Law Vegas Bowl (Utah vs Colorado State)
7:00 pm ..... Judge Judy
7:30 pm ..... Judge Judy
8:00 pm ..... I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown!
9:00 pm ..... CMA Country Christmas
11:00 pm ... ABC 22 News at Eleven
11:30 pm ... The Good Wife
12:30 am ... Ring of Honor Wrestling
Complete Schedule»