County GP backs calls for ban on young people using sunbeds

John Tanqueray
John Tanqueray
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A county GP is supporting calls for a ban on young people using sunbeds after a major new report has claimed they are causing hundreds of thousands of cases of skin cancer every year.

The latest ‘Indoor tanning and non-melanoma skin cancer’ review, published in the British Medical Journal, claims that each sunbed session can increase the risk of skin cancer by 1.8 per cent.

The study, carried out in the United States, adds that the risk is higher for young people under 25-years-old, and that indoor tanning is considered “carcinogenic to humans” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Dr John Tanqueray, a member of the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors and owner of the Mulberry House Clinic & Laser Centre in Northampton, said: “Over recent years I have noticed more skin cancers occurring at a younger age than before, and I believe that sunbeds are contributing to this.

“At least three of our patients have asked for laser treatment to remove a mark, which I have then had the unpleasant task of diagnosing as skin cancer.

“It is important that anyone with concerns visits their GP for a professional assessment.

“During an average summer holiday we receive more UV exposure than during the rest of the whole year.

“Dermatologists generally believe that even if all sources of sun exposure were stopped now, over the coming years we will still see a tripling of new skin cancers.”

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