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Sunbeds fail to meet safety standards

17th January 2013

Concerns have been raised about the number of sunbeds being used in England which do not meet international safety standards.


A study by Cancer Research UK and published in the British Journal of Dermatology has suggested that as many as nine out of 10 sunbeds in England fail to meet British and European safety standards.

Findings showed that the levels of ultraviolet (UV) radiation emitted by 400 sunbeds were on average two times higher than recommended limits, sparking fears that cases of skin cancer could rise if stricter controls are not put in place.

Cancer Research UK focussed on 402 sunbeds across England between 2010 and 2011 and compared the risks of tanning on the equipment compared to that of the Mediterranean sun and found that the risk was twice as high.

Yinka Ebo from Cancer Research UK said: “Research has already shown that using sunbeds for the first time before the age of 35 increases the risk of the skin cancer malignant melanoma by 87%.

“Sunbeds are not going to do you any good - the best-case scenario is they will age and damage your skin. The worst-case scenario is a cancer diagnosis and potentially death.”

The British Association of Dermatologists echoed the concerns and warned that across the UK, England has the worst record on regulation.

It called for proper regulation to cover safety of equipment and health warnings for clients.

However, the Sunbed Association, which represents companies that manufacture and operate tanning stations, said the study findings were out of date.


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