Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sunbeds 'Increase Cancer Risk'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Sunbeds 'Increase Cancer Risk'

Article excerpt

SUNBEDS could dramatically increase the risk of skin cancer, scientists warn today.

As research from the US found that sunbed users were more likely to suffer the disease, Cancer Research UK and the Skin Care Campaign said no tan was healthy.

Not only were people with a history of using sunbeds more likely to suffer cancer, the risk increased dramatically the earlier they started.

For every 10 years younger that men and women were when they began lying under sunlamps, the chances of getting cancer went up by as much as 20per cent.

The study of more than 1,500 individuals in the US state of New Hampshire found that those who reported any use of sunlamps were 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma than people who never used the devices.

The risk of basal cell carcinoma increased 1.5 times with sunlamp use.

Both diseases are common forms of skin cancer, which are less serious than the more aggressive melanoma, and not normally fatal. …

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