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Leading UK Model Agencies Sign No Sunbed Policy

Posted: February 27, 2012

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Using a tanning bed for the first time before the age of 35 increases the risk of malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, by 75%.

Research has also shown that using a tanning bed once a month or more could increase the risk of melanoma by more than 50%. Melanoma incidence rates in Britain have more than quadrupled over the last 30 years. It is the second most common cancer amongst 15-34 year olds.

Chris Lunn, SunSmart campaign manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “We’re delighted that leading model agencies are backing our R UV UGLY? campaign. Using sunbeds can make your skin coarse, leathery and wrinkly. The UV rays from a sunbed can also damage the DNA in your skin. Over time, this damage can build up and may lead to melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. So, if you feel you must have a tan, it is safer to fake it.”