Sun bed users increase cancer risk by 75%

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The British Medical Association has advised people not to use sun beds due to the potential health risks. Their report calls on the government to regulate sun bed use.

Cancer Research UK also calls for sun bed regulation after a recent study found they increase the risk of skin cancer by a massive 75% for the under 35s. A recent poll of 4000 people found that one in three women and one in four men had used a sun bed.

At present there is mandatory training or regulation associated with the operation of sun beds. Emma Costin, Partner at Simpson Millar LLP, specialises in acting for victims of cancer caused by occupational or environmental factors; she comments:

“It is important that this research is not ignored. Manufacturers and operators of sun beds have a responsibility to inform sun bed users of the risks involved, especially to the under 35s.

The incidence of skin cancer is increasing year on year. More research needs to be carried out and made widely available, which the government should take responsibility for, rather than cancer charities.”

The department of health is now looking into sun bed regulation as part of its cancer reform strategy.


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