Letters

People are overusing sunbeds

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6990.1327 (Published 20 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1327
  1. A Bulman
  1. Senior medical officer Department of Health, London SE1 6LW

    EDITOR,—David Shuttleworth drew attention to the question of whether sunbeds that emit ultraviolet A radiation cause skin cancer.1 To determine the prevalence of use of sunbeds during 1994 the Department of Health commissioned the omnibus survey of the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys to interview British adults, who were randomly selected and stratified by socioeconomic variables. A balanced response rate of 76% was achieved, producing 2017 interviews. Of the 284 respondents aged 16-24, 68 (24%) had used a sunbed during the year, …

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