Skin cancer cases risen by almost 90 per cent in last twenty years

Sunbeds proven to prematurely age the skin Photo: Calendar news

The number of people in the region with the most serious form of skin cancer has risen by 89 per cent in the last twenty years. And there are warnings that people who use sunbeds are twice as likely to need anti-ageing products than those who don't. The rates of malignant melanoma – the most serious form of skin cancer - have increased by 89% amongst 15 to 34-year-olds in Yorkshire and the Humber in the last two decades.

Around two people in this age group are now diagnosed with the disease each week in the region. Two in five people in the UK (43%) who use sunbeds – which are proven to prematurely age the skin – are twice as likely to use anti-ageing products than those who have never used a sunbed (20%). A fifth of sunbed users start to use anti-ageing products by the time they are 25 years old.

We live in an image obsessed culture, and know many sunbed users continue to use them because they think they look better with a tan. But actually they are making their skin look worse. Sunbeds can result in premature ageing and wrinkles, as well as increased pigmentation on the skin. And these results show interestingly, that sunbeds users are spending more on anti-ageing products than those who don’t use sunbeds – perhaps in an attempt to cover up the damage.

MPAIGNS MANAGER AT CANCER RESEARCH UK

– CCaroline Cerny, health campaigns manager Cancer Research UK