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Dying for a tan: exposing the risks of using a sunbed

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by Cancer Research UK | News

29 April 2003

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More young Brits than ever before are tanning themselves on sunbeds, despite repeated warnings of the dangers of skin cancer, according to leading charity Cancer Research UK.

“What worries us most is the growing evidence of a link between sunbed use and skin cancer”, says Sara Hiom, Cancer Information Expert. “People know the risks but are ignoring them in the quest for a tan.”

The Sunbed Association, which represents operators, manufacturers and suppliers in the UK, has designated today as the first National Sunbed Awareness Day to educate and inform consumers.

Sara Hiom says: “We know a quarter of 16-24 year-olds used a sunbed last year and that even occasional use can result in cancer, eye damage and suppression of the immune system.

“The only advice people need to know is don’t do it. There is no such thing as a safe tan.”