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Dangers of tanning warning

28th November 2012

A skin scanner which uses UV light to show potential skin damage has been offering people free scans around Scotland in a bid to reduce skin cancer cases.


The machine is on tour at shopping centres in Aberdeen, East Kilbride, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The tour has been funded by the Scottish government and so far almost 2,500 people have had a scan done by the machine.

Skin cancer rates are higher in Scotland compared to any other area of the UK and the disease causes over 2,000 deaths every year.

Vicky Crichton from Cancer Research UK said they were concerned about the most deadly form of skin cancer.

"Malignant melanoma rates have tripled in 15 to 34-year-olds in Scotland over the last 30 years."

"People in Scotland tend to be more pale-skinned which means they're more susceptible to skin damage and there are issues with people using sun beds." 

Jacqui Carruthers, 33, from Renfrewshire developed malignant melanoma four years ago.

She told the BBC: "I had no respect for my skin. In my twenties it was all about how dark my skin could be and I used to wear little protection."

"I never every thought it would happen to me. I was completely naive."


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