Government to curb skin cancer with sunbed laws

The Department of Health has issued new laws restricting the use of sunbeds to under 18s.

Announced last week (April 8th), the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 will ban anyone under the age of 18 from using UV tanning services, resulting in a fine of up to £20,000 if businesses are found disobeying the law.

It is hoped that the move will help to reduce the rising number of skin cancer sufferers in the UK.

Cancer Research UK has launched its SunSmart Campaign in line with the Act, which revealed that two people under the age of 35 are diagnosed with melanoma every day, triple the number since the 1970s.

"The safest way to get a healthy glow, without the associated risks of sunbathing or using a sunbed, is by using fake tan," said Bevis Man, spokesman for the British Skin Foundation.

The campaign also found that six per cent of 11 to 17-year-olds in England use sunbeds, while half of 15-17-year-old girls in Liverpool and Sunderland use them.


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