Cancer Research scanner to reveal the hidden damage of UV radiation

10 October 2012

A well-known health charity is to set up a new campaign in a part of the UK, which aims to highlight the hidden damage that UV radiation causes to the skin.

In Scotland alone, cases of the worst form of skin cancer, malignant melanoma, have more than tripled since the 1970s. In fact, an estimated 100 people between 15 and 34 years old are diagnosed with the disease on an annual basis in the country.

Campaigners at Cancer Research are looking to bring this figure down, as well as highlight the severity of the disease, with the aid of the R UV Ugly scanner.

Launched into shopping centres around Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and East Kilbride later this month, the scanner will show participants images of any hidden damage that UV radiation has caused to their bodies.

Jacqui Carruthers, who was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in March 2009 but was able to survive the disease, is supportive of the new scheme.

The 33-year-old commented: "When I had a tan, I would feel better about myself. Now I know a sunbed tan is far from healthy and I can't bear to see people going into sunbed shops knowing the harm they are doing to their skin.

"I hope the scanner gives people an insight into the damage they are doing."

Posted by Philip Briggs

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