Ultraviolet radiation and the INTERSUN Programme

Sunbeds

Is it dangerous to use sunbeds?

An expert in the field of radiation protection has referred to the use of tanning parlours as "an industrial-scale radiation exposure experiment involving significant parts of the populations of Northern Europe and America." Approximately 10 per cent of the population of Northern Europe use sunbeds on a regular basis for tanning purposes. Sunbed radiation can produce adverse health effects similar to those of natural sunlight, most notably in fair-skinned persistent users. In this context it is a subject of great concern that approximately 40 per cent of sunbed users in the United Kingdom have fair skin. The same study identified that 20 per cent of people questioned had more than 100 annual sunbed sessions, and 5 per cent had used sunbeds for 15 to 20 years.

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