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Council drops sunbeds over cancer fears

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Wiltshire Council plans to remove all sunbeds from its leisure centres over fears they cause cancer.

The authority will remove the tanning devices from three leisure centres across the county - at Bradford on Avon Swimming Pool, Pewsey Sports Centre and The Activity Zone in Malmesbury.

The council said it had taken into account research by the International Agency for Research on Cancer - which has reported a clear link between sunbeds and skin cancer.

UV-emitting tanning devices were classified as a ‘Group 1 agent’, meaning they are deemed to pose a risk to human health.

People who start using tanning devices before the age of 30 are up to 75% more likely to suffer from melanoma and other forms of skin cancer, according to the report.

Stuart Wheeler, Wiltshire Council’s cabinet member for leisure, sport and culture, said: “A number of the former district councils had made the decision not to provide sunbeds for health-related reasons.

“This new report, which highlights again the possible danger that sunbeds can cause to health, warranted the decision to remove sunbeds from the three remaining facilities as of 1 October 2009.”

Earlier in the month, the British Medical Association accused Vale of Glamorgan Council of “dragging its feet” over removing sunbeds from its leisure centres.

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