Primary Care Dermatology Society recommendation on Sun Bed use
The doubts about the harm due to sun bed exposure have now been
by clinical research and the PCDS is now convinced by the evidence that a
proportion of avoidable melanoma deaths are due to sun bed use. It is well
established that UV damage to the skin of children and teenagers increases
the risk of melanoma more than exposure in adulthood.
We do not wish or seek to prevent informed adults from all risk
behaviour, but as with alcohol, tobacco and gambling, society has a
responsibility to protect vulnerable young people. The PCDS therefore adds
our support to calls for a ban on sun bed use for under 18s and
cash or card operated tanning machines. We suggest a minimal degree of
suitable health advice, perhaps in the form of a leaflet advising on the
and early signs of skin cancer, for adults choosing to indulge in
or cosmetic UV light.
In the light of the skin cancer epidemic, we call on the government
introduce a short bill, or an administrative amendment to existing health
safety legislation, to achieve these limited and reasonable measures.
Competing interests: No competing interests