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Sunbathers aware of dangers

3rd August 2007

A poll by Cancer Research UK has found many people who plan to get a tan on holiday know it will damage their skin.


In a poll of nearly 400 sunbathers, the charity discovered that 90% knew they were causing permanent damage to their skin by getting a tan. Almost half said that getting a sunburn was "an inevitable part of the tanning process."

Professor Lesley Rhodes, a dermatologist working with the charity warned: "the kind of sunbathing binges that happen when people go to much hotter climates and bake on the beach is particularly dangerous."

"This kind of short intense exposure to the sun, leading to burning, particularly increases the risk of malignant melanoma."

Cancer Research UK says that getting a severe sunburn can double the danger of developing skin cancer. There are 75,000 new cases of skin cancer recorded annually in the UK - a figure which is rising every year.

The increase in cases of malignant melanoma has been more rapid in comparison to all other types of cancer. There are over 1,800 deaths from malignant melanoma every year.

Scientists estimate around 90% of cases could be averted if people were careful about the amount of time they spent in the sun.

Cancer Research UK's SunSmart campaign manager Rebecca Russell said there were also serious risks involved in getting a tan by using a sunbed.

She warned of the cancer risk associated with using sunbeds and stated that people under the age of 18 should not use them.

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