Barbara has backed calls by Cancer Research UK to protect children from using sunbeds.
On 13 January, Barbara gave her support to Private Member’s Bill sponsored by her Labour colleague Julie Morgan MP. The Bill will stop under 18s from using sunbeds and Barbara pledged to be in the House of Commons for the Bill’s Second Reading on 29 January.
Children raise their risk of skin cancer in later life by using sunbeds. According to Cancer Research UK, using sunbeds for the first time under the age of 35 increases the risk of the most dangerous form of skin cancer by 75%.
“I was shocked to hear how dangerous sunbeds can be to children’s health – and how many under 18s seem to be using them. A Cancer Research UK report commissioned by the Government suggests 6% of children aged 11 to 17 have used a sun bed - with the figure rising to 11% in the North of England.
“We must act to prevent young people having access to sunbeds. I am pleased that the Health Secretary Andy Burnham has given the Bill the Government’s full support. Andy said he is determined to take action to protect young people from the increased risk of skin cancer from sunbeds
“I will be giving my full support to this Bill at its Second Reading in the House of Commons on 29 January.”