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A claim by The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) relating to sunbed use and an increased risk of melanoma has been rejected by the Sunlight Research Forum (SRF) as spurious and misleading.

A report published by IARC, ‘Artificial UV Radiation and Skin Cancer’ claimed “using a sunbed under the age of 35 will increase your risk of developing melanoma by 75%”.

Consultations by SRF with a number of international, high-profiled scientists specialising in the effect of UV exposure on human health have confirmed this claim is misleading. Amongst those consulted, Dr Frank de Gruijl from the Department of Dermatology at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands said, “It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to separate the risks and melanoma incidences resulting from outdoor sunbathing and sunbed use. To separate the risks would demand at least a symmetrical way of looking at both factors. However, it is impossible to...

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