Brits Plan to Ban Kids from Using Sunbeds

by: cancercompass

The British government is reportedly moving forward with legislation to keep kids 18 years old and younger from using tanning beds, according to an article in Guardian.co.uk.

The article cites new research published in today's British Medical Journal, which shows that more than 250,000 English children aged 11-17 are thought to use sunbeds.

Medical researchers believe that frequent sunbed use can boost the risk of malignant melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer.

According to the Guardian article, the International Agency for Research on Cancer recently declared ultraviolet radiation exposure, including radiation from tanning beds, to be "carcinogenic to humans".

A 300% rise in malignant melanoma cases since the 1970s has been directly linked to a British tanning craze, according to The Sun.

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