Can sunbeds cause skin cancer?

Toby Nelson

Yes, sunbeds can increase the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Sunbeds emit UV radiation, just like the sun, which can damage the DNA in skin cells, and increase the likelihood of cancer. Using a sunbed before the age of 35 can increase the risk of melanoma by 59%.

The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies sunbeds as a carcinogen, meaning they are a substance that causes cancer.

It's important to protect your skin from the harmful effects of UV radiation, whether from the sun or from sunbeds.You can reduce your risk of skin cancer by avoiding sunbeds, seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and using broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high SPF.

It's also important to check your skin regularly for any changes or unusual moles or spots and to see a dermatologist if you notice anything unusual.

Taking steps to protect your skin from UV radiation is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of skin cancer.