Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Death beds

Do sunbeds cause 100 deaths a year in the UK? That's the charge put forward by Professor Brian Diffey of Newcastle General Hospital.

'Research has shown 8% of exposure to UV rays came from sunbeds, and the rest from the sun. The rays are the main cause of melanoma, which kills 1600 people every year.' No basis is given for how the figure of 100 is arrived at but considering there are probably millions of people using sunbeds in the UK, 100 seems a tiny number.

Moreover, the assertion that "the rays are the main cause of melanoma" is just not true. Research suggests that melanomas are more common on parts of the body not commonly exposed to the sun.

BBC NEWS | England | Tyne | Warning over sunbed deaths

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