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Regulation of Sunbeds

Friday, 9 April 2010

The Irish Cancer Society has called on the Government to follow the UK lead and introduce legislation to regulate the use of sunbeds.

Under-18s in the UK are to be banned from tanning salons in England and Wales because of concern over skin cancer. A private members bill - has been passed by the British House of Lords. Ministers will also have the power to shut down automatic and un-manned tanning salons.
A similar ban already applies in Scotland. Today calls have been made by the Irish Cancer Society to have a similar ban here.

Rosemary Scott, The Irish Cancer Society

Why is there particular concern for under 18's using sunbeds?

Last July a report published by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) showed that the risk of skin cancer is increased by 75% when sunbed usage starts under the age of 30, and that sunbeds are as dangerous as cigarettes in causing cancer.

How prevalent is skin cancer?

There has been a 36% increase in all new cases of skin cancer over the last ten years in Ireland with 756 new cases of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, in 2008. 144 people died from skin cancer in 2008.

Do we have legislation in place?

Legislation has been promised by the Irish Government to regulate sunbeds as far back as 2006, and a consultation process started in 2008. Last year the Minister for Health said she personally favoured a total ban, but there is no urgency in bringing forward legislation to regulate this industry, despite the evidence showing that it is urgently needed

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