A recent survey by Cancer Research UK has revealed that more than "a quarter of a million children", falling between the 11-17 age group, are exposing themselves to skin cancer by regular use of sunbeds for tanning. Experts have shared that sunbeds increase the risk of developing malignant melanoma which is the most dangerous form of skin cancer, and the Government has been pushing drives to discourage children from using them, but this does not seem to have any effect on kids.
The recent survey by the Cancer charity revealed that as many as 6% of the 11-17 year olds in England use sunbeds, and in places like Liverpool and Sunderland, almost 50% of 15-17 year olds go to tanning salons regularly.
Sarah Woolnough, charity spokesperson who is aggressively pushing a ban on use of sunbeds by under-18s, was quoted as saying, "We've found most children are aware of the risks, but they try to rationalize them, for instance by saying that they use them less than their friends. We know there's often a strong desire to have a tan, because they say it makes them feel better".
Use of sunbeds by under-18s is banned in Scotland and Wales, and authorities all across UK, in wake of the rapidly rising number of skin cancers, are looking to follow in the same footprints.