Sunbed study finds repeated use increases skin cancer risk.

Thursday, 26 March 2015 18:26

Sunbed users are still at risk of skin cancer even if they do not burn their skin, according to a new study.

Researchers found sunbeds significantly increased the risk of a common type of skin cancer, Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) which is caused by repeated tanning rather than burning.

The researchers said warnings about sunbeds often focused on Melanoma, which is associated with burning and accounts for just 1% of all skin cancers. SCC is the second most common skin cancer and accounts for 20% of skin cancers.

As part of the research, being presented this week at the World Congress on Cancers of the Skin in Edinburgh, it was calculated that an average sunbed user, who tans for 12 minutes every eight days between the ages of 20 and 35, is 90% more likely to develop SCC by their 50s. Although SCC is not as deadly as Melanoma, it leads to around 500 deaths a year in the UK.

Unfortunately, there may be occasions when malignant Melanomas or Squamous Cell Carcinoma's are not diagnosed as early as they should be thereby impacting upon a patient's treatment and overall outcome.

The specialist clinical negligence team at Davies and Partners has extensive experience of acting for patients whose cancer diagnosis or treatment has been unnecessarily delayed.

If you have concerns about the standard of treatment that you have received, please contact a member of our team for further information.

Author: Rachel Bowen 

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