18.03.2005

WHO warns young on sunbed use

The desire to acquire a tan for fashion or cosmetic purposes has led to a large
increase in the use of artificial tanning sunbeds in, mostly, developed
countries. Use of sunbeds for tanning continues to increase in popularity,
especially among young women.

Sunbeds used in solariums, and sun tanning lamps, are artificial tanning
devices that claim to offer an effective, quick and harmless alternative to
natural sunlight. However, there is growing evidence that the ultraviolet (UV)
radiation emitted by the lamps used in solariums may damage the skin and
increase the risk of developing skin cancer.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is advising young persons to stay well
clear of sunbeds. WHO maintains that no person under 18 years of age should use
one, recent studies confirming the direct link between their use and
cancer.

1 in 3 cancers worldwide is skin-related, in the US this is 1 in 2, where an
estimated 1.1 million cases of skin cancer occur there annually.

In France legislation requires that all UV radiation-emitting appliances must
be declared to the health authorities, minors under the age of 18 are banned,
trained personnel must supervise at commercial establishments and any claim of
health benefit is forbidden.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: World Health Organization