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MID SUFFOLK DC BANS SUNBEDS

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Mid Suffolk councillors have decided to ban sunbeds from leisure centres amid fears the council could be open to le...
Mid Suffolk councillors have decided to ban sunbeds from leisure centres amid fears the council could be open to legal action if a customer contracted skin cancer, reports the East Anglian Daily Times (p16).

Chris Fry, head of leisure services, told the paper three reports had been considered on the desirability of sunbeds prior to the committee reaching a decision.

'We had been alerted by reports in the national press about the possible links between sunbeds and skin cancer, and we felt obliged to bring it to the members' attention.'

Local tanning shops have claimed there is no danger from beds provided they are used in conjunction with advice from trained staff, the EADT reports.

But Tim Cutler, senior consultant dermatologist at Ipswich Hospital said: 'Tanning has no therapeutic value at all. It promotes ageing and encourages skin cancer.'
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