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Skin cancer cases are "rising at an alarming rate" in the UK and tougher legislation on unmanned tanning salons would help to curb health problems caused by prolonged exposure to UV rays.
Professor Harry Moseley, spokesman for the British Association of Dermatologists, said:
Unmanned tanning salons should be banned in England in order to prevent under-18s from doing long lasting damage to their skin, a group of MPs have said.
A skin cancer survivor from Burton-on-Trent has welcomed the report.
Stacey Pickess was diagnosed with cancer which caused a hole in her lower leg after she used UV sunbeds between the ages of 18-21. She has now fully recovered.
Her salon now uses a spray method rather than the traditional UV sunbeds.
MPs said they were "concerned" bans on unsupervised tanning salons were in place in Wales and Scotland, but not in England.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin said banning unmanned tanning salons would prevent under-18s from sneaking in to use sunbeds.
The group's report into the use of sunbeds also recommended that these facilities should also provide "balanced" health information and safety goggles for users.
Ministers should also consider enabling local councils to licence facilities offering sunbeds, the report states.