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Young people 'protected from skin cancer'

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Young people are more likely to be protected from skin cancer following a move by the House of Lords today.

The Lords passed a bill which decreed that children under the age of 18 will not be able to use unattended sunbeds.

Recently published research in the British Medical Journal revealed the need for better management of the machines.

According to the study, around a quarter of a million children in England between the ages of 11 and 17 are regularly using sunbeds and thus increasing their risk of skin cancer.

Aisling Burnand, executive director of policy and public affairs at Cancer Research UK, commented: "We're thrilled that the bill to stop under 18s using sunbeds has passed through the House of Lords and will become law a year today."

She added: "Younger people are particularly at risk and sunbed users under the age of 35 have a 75 per cent higher risk of developing malignant melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer."

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Cancer treatment news : 13 April 2010