Letters Children and sunbeds

Legislation is needed to stop children using sunbeds

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b4643 (Published 12 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4643
  1. Catherine S Thomson, head of statistical information1,
  2. Chris Twelves, professor of clinical pharmacology and oncology2
  1. 1Cancer Research UK, Statistical Information Team, London WC2A 3PX
  2. 2Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine and St James’s Institute of Oncology, Level 4, Bexley Wing, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds LS9 7TF
  1. Catherine.Thomson{at}cancer.org.uk

    Spence extols the joy of sunny days,1 but sunbeds raise serious issues. A recent meta-analysis showed sunbed use before the age of 35 was associated with an increased relative risk of 75% for developing malignant melanoma (absolute risks were not recorded).2

    Cancer Research UK recently carried out two large, face to face surveys of sunbed use in over 9000 children aged 11-17 in England.3 …

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