Bin the bed’s Campaign 2017
We are starting a campaign to try to get sunbeds banned here in Ireland.
We believe Ireland should follow the lead of Australia and ban sunbed use.
Research has shown that people who have EVER used a sunbed are 20% more likely to develop melanoma in later life, and with the projected increase in incidence rates of melanoma published in 2014 by the NCRI who have predicted an increase of 175% in Women and 327% in men by 2040 (very frightening statistics) It’s time to try to do something.
The Public health sunbeds act was put in place in 2014
The act makes it an offence to- Sell or hire a sunbed to any person under the age of 18.
All great news, now we need to go a step further. Recent statistics show people who first use a tanning bed before age 35 increase their risk of developing melanoma later in life by 60%
Another scary statistic!
Please sign the petition We intend to forward it to our Health Minister
Sunbeds give out harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays that damage your skin and can make it look wrinkled, older or leathery. The UV rays from sunbeds can also damage the DNA in your skin cells, and over time this damage can build up to cause skin cancer.
Sunbeds can sometimes be marketed as a ‘controlled way’ of getting a ‘safer tan’. But actually, sunbeds are no safer than exposure to the sun itself, and the amount of UV people receive varies enormously too.
IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) agrees there is sufficient evidence to show that using sunbeds causes malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer. They also state that sunbeds provide no positive health benefits. And using a sunbed before you go on holiday doesn’t protect against further damage from the sun while you’re away.
Cancer research UK