A new poll has revealed that more than three quarters of dermatologists believe sunbeds should be banned in the UK.
In the study from the British Skin Foundation, 77 per cent of dermatologists agree that sunbeds should be banned altogether in the UK, while 91 per cent agree that tanning salons contribute significantly to the rates of skin cancer in the UK and the age at which people are legally allowed to use sunbeds should be increased from 18 to 21.
British Skin Foundation spokesperson, Lisa Bickerstaffe, explained: “The dermatologists’ opinions appear to support research stating the potential to get skin cancer, including melanoma, is increased in those who have also used sunbeds. We know that there is no such thing as a safe tan from UV rays, therefore, the British Skin Foundation, in line with other health organisations, does not recommend sunbed use.”
Remember, if you are worried about a mole or patch of skin then seek help sooner rather than later. Visit your GP or dermatologist straight away if you have moles or a patch of skin that are changing shape, growing, developing new colours, inflamed, bleeding, crusting, red around the edges, particularly itchy or behaving unusually in any way.