Sunbeds 'failing to meet EU standards'

17 January 2013

People who expose themselves to sunbeds are doubling their risk of developing skin cancer, more so than if they spent the same amount of time in the Mediterranean midday sun, according to new research.

The University of Dundee and Cancer Research UK found that 90 per cent of sunbeds tested were failing to meet UV radiation levels set by the European Union.

This is worse than was previously thought, said professor Harry Moseley, a consultant medical physicist at the university and lead author of the study.

Dr Moseley added that he hoped the study would encourage people to think twice before using a sunbed because they can never be quite sure as to how much radiation they are exposing themselves to.

"It’s worrying to see that so many sunbeds in England are not meeting the safety standards," stated Yinka Ebo, senior health information officer at Cancer Research UK.

"This strengthens our advice that using a sunbed just isn’t worth it. Research has already shown that using sunbeds for the first time before the age of 35 increases the risk of malignant melanoma by 87 per cent."

Posted by Philip Briggs

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