Cancer review sunbeds targeted3rd December 2007
The Health Secretary will announce plans this week for a review of the legislation affecting the use of sunbeds and cigarette machines in the UK, with the aim of tackling cancer rates.
Alan Johnson will examine how children and young people are able to use coin-operated sunbeds, amongst concerns that they may be contributing to high rates of skin cancer.
The government is also expected to announce rule changes for cosmetic tanning salons which could allow "risks of excessive exposure by children and young people".
Department of Health officials have said that the NHS Cancer Reform Strategy, will "open up the debate about whether we need more regulation of sunbed use in the UK".
A spokesman for the department said they needed to discover the prevalence of sunbed use by people under 18: "To do this, we plan a review of the use and number of sunbeds, including how many coin-operated sunbeds there are".
The World Health Organisation and the European Union released rules which ban potential customers aged under 18 from tanning salons.
The Health Secretary will also kickstart a consultation around the idea of banning the sale of tobacco in cigarette machines.
The strategy will try to improve access to treatment for people with cancer. The government has said it will invest £130m in equipment and staff in the next three years.
The spokesman said that one in three people will develop cancer in the UK. He said that although improvements had been made, there were still "major challenges ahead".
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Wednesday 5th December 2007 @ 13:45
Given that around 98% of the UK adult population have insufficient vitamin d status see "Hypovitaminosis D in British adults at age 45" Hyppönen & Power for most of the winter any further crackdown on tanning studios will be simply be counterproductive.
The excess death toll from those cancers that proliferate in vitamin d insufficient bodies far exceeds UVA induced deaths.
Vitamin D Deficiency Michael F. Holick, M.D., Ph.D. shows that most tanning beds emit 2 to 6% ultraviolet B radiation and are an excellent source of vitamin D3 when used in
moderation. Tanners have robust levels
of Vit D3 112nmol/L at the end of the
winter and higher bone density as compared with nontanners 45nmol/L
For patients with fat malabsorption, exposure to a tanning bed for 30 to 50% of the time recommended for tanning
(with sunscreen on the face) is an excellent means of treating and preventing vitamin D deficiency.
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Title: Cancer review sunbeds targeted
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 4944
Date Added: 3rd Dec 2007