Skin deep

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According to a new survey, ‘binge tanning’ is responsible for an increase in skin cancer diagnoses – over 10,000 Britons are diagnosed every year. This is predicted to rise to over 15,000 people by 2024, making malignant melanoma the fourth most common cancer in the UK. One of the main causes of skin cancer in women is overusing sunbeds before holidays (binge tanning) and is particularly prevalent in younger women. A survey of 4000 people found 1 in 3 women used a sunbed with 80% first using one when they were under 35. Data shows that women under 35 who use sunbeds increase their risk of developing melanoma by 75%.

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