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5 Facts You Ought To Know About Sunbeds
5 Facts You Ought To Know About Sunbeds

Just a harmless indulgence - or a risk to your health?

These top five facts speak volumes...

  1. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has recently classified sunbeds as a Class 1 cancer-causing agent.  Sunbeds are now considered in the same league as smoking, arsenic and asbestos!
  2. The risk of melanoma increases by 75% when use of sunbeds starts before the age of 30.
  3. The intensity of UV rays in some sunbeds can be more than 10 times stronger than the midday sun.
  4. You don't need to go on a sunbed or sunbathe to get enough Vitamin D. For most people, just going about their daily lives will mean they get enough Vitamin D from sun exposure - and a good diet (including dairy products, cereal and fish) will help.
  5. It is a myth that sunbed use before going out in the sun builds a good natural defence to the sun's rays. Having a tan from a sunbed has been estimated to give the same protective effect as using a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of only 2-3.

If you'd like to know more, you can head on over to the World Health Organisation website which has factsheets and more detailed booklets on the subject.