Liverpool City Council has appealed to the Government to change legislation to ban unlicensed sunbed salons as figures show skin cancer cases have more than doubled across the city.
The council questioned over 900 people from Liverpool, predominantly women between 21-30, and found that as many as 83% were unaware that the use of sunbeds can increase the risk of skin cancer.
The research indicated that many women are striving to achieve the ‘Liverpool look’ – creating a ‘sunbed culture’ that has resulted in more and more women putting themselves at risk of developing skin cancer.
Additionally, research from the NHS has shown that new cases of malignant melamona has increased by 129% in Liverpool women – more than double the increase that has been seen nationally.
Roy Gladden, assistant cabinet member for adult social care and health, said:
“Liverpool has significant levels of sunbed use compared to other parts of the
country, yet the City Council currently has very few powers to
protect residents from the risks of using them.
“Currently anyone who wishes to provide related cosmetic-type practices
such as tattooing and cosmetic piercing must be registered
with their local council and adhere to
health and safety standards.
“In light of the risks associated with sunbed use, we believe
there is a strong case for including sunbed operators
in this list of compulsory registration schemes.”
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