Karolina Jasko, now 20, was just 18 when she noticed a tell-tale sign on her nail – a black line.
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 set the polish – most commonly used in gel manicures.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"Generally, these devices emit low levels of UV radiation and people are exposed for very short periods," Heather Walker, chair national skin cancer committee for Cancer Council Australia said.
"However, UV damage adds up over time so protecting your hands is recommended."
Last year a woman claiming to be a beauty salon worker alerted one of her clients to a devastating skin cancer diagnosis after noticing the tell-tale black line running through her nail.
Jean Skinner took to Facebook to warn others about the dangerous mark after the woman reportedly came to have her nails done.
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