Warning … sunbed users are at risk
Malignant melanoma rates have TRIPLED in 30 years among Brits aged 15 to 34.
In the late 1970s there were 1.8 cases per 100,000 people in that age group.
Now there are 5.9 – with more than two new cases being diagnosed every day.
Cancer Research UK believes that the use of sunbeds and too much exposure to the sun on holiday puts young "tanorexics" at greater risk.
The charity spelled out the danger as it launched its annual SunSmart campaign, urging use of suntan lotion and covering up at midday.
As well as a surge in young cases, skin cancer is rising in all age groups.
In 2007 there were 10,800 new cases. In the following year the total went up by 8.5 per cent to 11,700 cases.
Director of health information Sara Hiom said: "The explosion in melanoma rates reflects people’s desire to sport a tan. Some sunshine is good for us.
But burning can be dangerous. The most important thing to reduce the chances of developing skin cancer is to make sure you don’t get red or burn.
"Get to know how long you can safely stay in the sun – and avoid sunbeds."
SunSmart campaign manager Caroline Cerny added: "Using a sunbed before the age of 35 can increase your risk of melanoma by 75 per cent. And young women are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed as men."
SOURCE: thesun.co.uk
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