Our policy on sun awareness

Excessive exposure to UV radiation from the sun and sunbeds increases the risk of skin cancer. Skin cancer prevention campaigns and the regulation of sunbeds are needed to reduce these risks.

Sunbeds have been shown to increase the risk of malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, among those under the age of 35. Cancer Research UK has successfully campaigned for a ban on under-18s using sunbeds in England.

We work closely with Governments in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland where additional regulations are in place to help protect children further and increase awareness of the risks to adult users. We would like to see England offer the same level of protection by introducing similar regulations and allowing all local authorities to license sunbed businesses.

We are also looking into funding for national skin cancer awareness campaigns to encourage safer behaviour in the sun.

Consultations

Cancer Research UK response to APPG on skin consultation on sunbeds

February 2014

Contact us

Get in touch with our policy team to find out more information about our policy on preventing cancer.

Call our policy team for more information.

020 3469 8360 

Email the team

Sun safety at schools

Teachers and parents can help their schools become more SunSmart by taking advantage of our resources for schools. 

Sun safety at schools

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