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Call to ban unmanned tanning salons to protect under-18s

Unmanned tanning salons should be banned so under-18s cannot use sunbeds, a group of MPs has said. The All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin were "concerned" bans for unmanned salons were in place for Scotland and Wales, but not England.

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Skin cancer cases in the UK 'rising at an alarming rate'

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:

This proposed regulation would close loopholes, such as under-18s using unmanned tanning facilities, and see stricter enforcement for businesses that continue to irresponsibly use appliances that fail to meet standards, often producing radiant dose levels well over acceptable levels.

Proportionate and sensible regulation of sunbeds is important to mitigate that risk and stem the rising tide of cases of skin cancer.

Skin cancer cases in the UK are rising at an alarming rate and there is little doubt that sunbeds increase the risk of skin cancer in fair skinned populations.

– Professor Harry Moseley

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