||<p>Ultraviolet (UV) radiation-emitting tanning devices, including sunbeds, were classified
in 2009 as ‘carcinogenic to humans’ by the International Agency for Research on Cancer
based on consistent evidence of a positive association between their use and incidence
of melanoma.</p><p> </p><p>In 2009, the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation
in the Environment published advice to United Kingdom Government on the health effects
and risks from UV sunbeds and concluded that there is evidence to suggest an increased
risk of skin cancer among those who use sunbeds before the age of 35. The Committee's
Report is available at the following link:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/comare-13th-report"
</p><p>The World Health Organization (WHO) report on ‘Artificial tanning devices:
public health interventions to manage sunbeds’ states that melanoma risk increases
with younger age of first sunbed use and with greater lifetime use of sunbeds. The
WHO report can be viewed at the following link:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.who.int/uv/publications/artificial-tanning-devices/en/"
</p><p>A systematic review in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) showed that people
who have used a sunbed at least once at any stage in their life have a 20% higher
risk of developing melanoma than people who have never used a sunbed, and the first
use of sunbeds before the age of 35 increases the risk of developing melanoma by 59%.
The BMJ report can be viewed at the following link:</p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.bmj.com/content/345/bmj.e4757.long"