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Excessive tanning and sunbeds seriously increase risk of skin cancer - Sinn Féin

8 April, 2009 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin MLA and deputy chair of the health committee, Michelle O’Neill, has warned people over the use of sun beds and excessive sun tanning in the run up to summer and booked foreign holidays.

Speaking today Ms O’Neill said:

“Figures released by the charity Cancer Research provide grave reading. Findings indicate that serious skin caners are on the increase due to the use of sun beds and excessive tanning.

 “Skin cancer is now the third most common cancer for women in their thirties after that of the breast and the cervix.

 “The figures that have been released are based on data from 2005 as this was the latest data set available however in real terms today these figures are thought to have significantly increased.

 “This is extremely worrying news. The impact of sun beds and excessive tanning is known however not enough is being done to discourage people, especially young people from using these machines.

“Many indeed will use the machines before going on holidays and then while on holiday spend much to long under strong sunlight. This can severely increase the risk of some of the most deadly forms of skin cancer. In fact using a sunbed once a month or more, can double your risk of developing skin cancer.

“I am appealing to people not to use these machines and to cover up or use protection such as sun blocks while on holiday. There are simple measures that you can follow to reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.”

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