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MEPs Against Cancer Roundtable Series

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Sunbeds and Skin Cancer: state of play


MEPs against Cancer discuss the carcinogenic effects of sunbed use on human health in the European Parliament, Brussels

The MEPs against Cancer group of the European Parliament, supported by the Association of European Cancer Leagues, the Belgian Foundation against Cancer, Stand up to Cancer Flanders, Euromelanoma, and Euroskin came together on March 2nd to discuss the link between sunbed use and skin cancer.
This discussion took place in light of the European Commission Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) opinion on the biological effects of ultraviolet radiation relevant to health with particular reference to sunbeds for cosmetic purposes. (Available here)

The main outcomes of this policy discussion was that information campaigns should be targeted to sunbed users, both in terms of health warnings for the cancer risk, as well as the cosmetic effects of sunbeds, and the accelerated ageing of the skin caused by excessive sunbed use. The European Code against Cancer can play a pivotal role in this, with its affirmative recommendation: do not use sunbeds.

The full European Commission has called for public consultation on the scientific opinion. The consultation itself is available here, and will remain open until 27th April 2016.
ECL will respond to this consultation and would like you to help shape our opinion!

For more information on our response, or if you plan on responding on behalf of your organisation, please contact Kate at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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