Sunbeds increase skin cancer risk by 20%

25 July 2012

People who use sunbeds have a 20 per cent greater risk of developing skin cancer than those who have never used a tanning booth, according to a new study.

Researchers from the International Prevention Research Institute in France and the European Institute of Oncology compiled the report after analysing the results of 27 separate studies on skin cancer and sunbed use carried out in the last 30 years.

They found that, of 63,942 new cases of cutaneous melanoma diagnosed each year in Europe, 3,438 are related to sunbed use, which is equivalent to one in 20 people.

Although sunbed users have a 20 per cent greater risk of skin cancer, this is doubled if they begin using the machines before they age of 35.

As a result, lead author Mathieu Boniol, of the International Prevention Research Institute, in France, has called for greater policing of taking salons and increase awareness of the potential dangers of tanning booths.

"Prevention of the harmful effects associated with sunbed use must be based on tougher actions," he urged.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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