With the exception of Victoria Beckham, British women aren’t exactly known for being tan. So you may be surprised to learn that skin cancer-specifically melanoma, the deadliest kind-has now surpassed cervical cancer as the most common cancer among young women in the UK.
Although skin cancer occurs most often in seniors, Cancer Research UK, the country’s leading cancer organization, reports that a third of the country’s melanoma sufferers are now under 50 years old. This frightening trend leads experts to believe that they could soon be seeing as many as 15,000 new cases a year-maybe more.
The blame is being placed largely on the increasing use of tanning beds, and this has led to Scotland passing legislation to ban teens from tanning salons.
“Spending time on sunbeds is just as dangerous as staying out too long in the sun,” Cancer Research UK’s Caroline Cerny told the Associated Press. “The intensity of UV rays in some sunbeds can be more than 10 times stronger than the midday sun.”
As we’ve previously reported, sunscreen has struggled to catch on as a healthy trend across the pond. But with growing proof of UV exposure’s consequences, it will be harder to ignore the importance of SPF.
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