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Ban on sunbeds 'step in the right direction'

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The government's support for a ban on under-18s use of sunbeds is "a step in the right direction", an industry representative has said.

Supporting the most recent sunbed bill is "certainly a step in the right direction in the fight against skin cancer", according to Rebecca Freeman at the British Association of Dermatologists.

Ms Freeman said: "Children should not have access to failities that could endanger their health."

She added that the British Association of Dermatologists fully supported the bill which Ms Freeman believes will have the added benefit of making "adults more aware of the health risks associated with using sunbeds".

A recent report from Cancer Research UK found that six per cent of children aged between 11 and 17 in England have used a sunbed.

The use of sunbeds has been proven to increase the risk of developing skin cancer, which has become the most commonly diagnosed cancer in young people today.

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Cancer treatment news : 14 January 2010