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Poll suggests one in every 20 children has used a sunbed

Almost one in every 20 children has used a sunbed - despite under-18s being banned from using the machines, a new poll suggests. The survey found that 4.5% of under-18s are using the machines.

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Charity: Sunbeds in England should be supervised

Sunbeds in England should be supervised by trained staff to bring the country in line with the rest of Britain and help tackle the number of youngsters using the machines, Cancer Research UK said.

It's encouraging to see fewer children are using them. Rates of skin cancer are disproportionately high in younger people, which is why it's so important to protect the skin during our early years.

With many children saying they aren't being told about the risks or asked to prove their age, it's vital the Government takes action to bring England in line with the rest of the UK.

Cancer Research UK urges people not to use sunbeds for cosmetic reasons and we urge all businesses selling sunbed sessions to show responsibility and ask any customer they suspect is under 18 for proof of identity.

– Sara Osborne, Cancer Research UK's head of policy

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