Tanning - a Child Protection Issue?

on Tuesday, 05 June 2012. Posted in Blog

Tanning - a Child Protection Issue?

You know the saying that where America goes, Britain follows? It was this that came to mind when I noticed a news story, in The Huffington Post on 27th May 2012. The story which is receiving a lot of coverage in in America this week about a mother who is facing second-degree child endangerment charges for allegedly allowing her then five year-old daughter into a tanning booth.

I’m not sure what it says about parenting in America if anything, but it does again seem to highlight the fact that skin cancer still seems to be one of the few cancers remaining where people are prepared to take risks with their health in a way that seems to be in contrast with lung cancer and smoking for example.

You only have to walk into the local park or beach, to find people with pale skins, who have clearly been sunbathing for hours and who’s skin has already taken on a burnt appearance –

and yet they persist in sun bathing. The evidence I see is that people are simply not taking skin cancer seriously enough despite the fact that over the last thirty years malignant melanoma (the most serious of skin cancers) in Britain has increased more rapidly than any of the top ten cancers – in men and women.

Particularly worrying is the fact that more than two 15-34 year olds are diagnosed with malignant melanoma in Britain every day, making it the second most common cancer in this age group.  These stats can be foubd on the Cancer Research UK website – skin cancer incident statistics -http://info.cancerresearchuk.org/cancerstats

This is one cancer where we really can take easy steps to minimize the risks for ourselves and our children, by avoiding tanning booths, covering up our skin if we can or otherwise protecting our skin with a high factor sun screen (50+).

I would like to see the day where burning our skin in the sun or in the tanning booth is seen as equally socially unacceptable as smoking is now.

We offer a ‘top to toe’ check which is not always available from your NHS GP. You can see more information about skin cancer screening on our southdowns private healthcare website.

Should our doctors have any concern we can quickly arrange for a skin biopsy or for you to be seen by one of our dermatology consultant colleagues.

Our screening is quick, convenient and affordable, costing only £100.

Call us on 01243 388 712 to arrange your appointment at our clinic in our consulting rooms at 97 Havant Road, Emsworth, Hampshire.


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