Concerns have been raised over children's use of sunbeds in Britain after a consumer watchdog discovered youngsters as young as eight using the tanning devices.
Sunbeds increase the risk of melanoma skin cancer, putting people at risk of needing cancer treatment in the future.
The consumer watchdog Which? Surveyed over 1,000 eight to 15-year-olds and found that three per cent had used a sunbed.
The figure rose to 13 per cent of 16 to 17-year-olds and editor Neil Fowler described the findings as "shocking".
"Without regulation, the industry needs to be responsible about protecting those most at risk, but staff at the salons we visited failed to give adequate health warnings," he revealed.
The charity Cancer Research UK has called for the government to introduce new laws to regulate the industry.
Rebecca Russell, the charity's SunSmart campaign manager, commented: "Tighter control of the industry will help to ensure that children are protected from putting themselves at an increased risk of skin cancer and that adults who choose to use sunbeds themselves are made fully aware of the risks."
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Cancer care news : 28/04/2008