Search

Camden students launch campaign to warn girls of sunbed dangers

16:55 10 March 2014

Hayley Omar and Emmy Thittanond saying No to sunbeds in Camden Town 04.03.14.

Hayley Omar and Emmy Thittanond saying No to sunbeds in Camden Town 04.03.14.

Archant

Two Camden students are urging young women to say “no” to sunbeds after they discovered nearly half of their university friends use them to achieve the perfect tan.

Emmy Thittanond, 23, and Hayley Omar, 22, have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of sunbeds among regular tanners, most often young women.

As part of a university project, the pair interviewed more than 200 fellow students, all women aged between 18 and 25, at the University of Westminster and found that 44 per cent use sunbeds.

A quarter of them also use the tanning machines at least once a month. Using a sunbed before the age of 35 increases the risk of skin cancer by 59 per cent, according to Cancer Research UK.

“When we did the survey, I didn’t realise that so many girls had used a sunbed,” said Miss Thittanond, of Broomsleigh Street, West Hampstead.

“I didn’t think it was as big in London as it was in Liverpool, or Nottingham or Essex. I used to be a sunbed user myself but I started doing research into it and now I’m scared to go back to them ever again.

“Women don’t know about the dangers unless they look into the details, otherwise they will tend to overlook the dangers.”

More than 250,000 11-to-17-year-olds in England have used a sunbed, despite a ban on under-18s using them.

Malignant melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, is the second most common cancer in young people between the age of 15 and 34.

Miss Omar, an international student from Brunei who lives in Primrose Hill, said women felt under pressure to get a tan because of the saturation in the media of photos of sun-kissed celebrities.

“I think it’s all because of the influence and pressures from the media and from Hollywood,” she said. “I would say to women, be comfortable in your own skin. We are all made to be different and we are all pretty in our own way.”

But Marina Portou, co-owner of Tantalise tanning salon, Camden Town, said that sunbed use is not dangerous in moderation and even has its health benefits.

“People always talk about what’s bad, but with sunbeds, you get Vitamin D.

“What people don’t know is that it takes 72 hours for [skin pigment] melanin to reach your skin so some go in for 12 minutes and come out all lobster-fied.

“When people come in, I always ask them, when was the last time they were in the sun, and if they are pale, they start off with minimum minutes.”

A spokesman for The Sunbed Association, which represents UK tanning facilities, said: “There seems to be an accepted assumption that using a sunbed will significantly increase your risk of developing skin cancer.

“Independent scientific analysis of this data source irrefutably clarifies that any increased risk is associated with medical use UV equipment – at a staggering 96 per cent – and to a much lesser degree home use equipment, but not with professional sunbeds.”

But Yinka Ebo, senior health information officer at Cancer Research UK, said: “Cancer Research UK urges people not to use sunbeds for cosmetic reasons.

“If you really want a tan, it’s better to fake it from a bottle than to spend time out in the sun or under a sunbed.”

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 16:46
St Pancras Hospital, where Camden and Islington Trust is based. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Health chiefs are taking action at the Royal Free Hospital after inspectors found ‘ligature points’ that could help patients kill or harm themselves

Yesterday, 12:54
Alamin, Shalim and Khaled Kazi (l to r)

Three members of a Camden family have been jailed for being part of an organised moped gang responsible for a “prolific” crime spree across London.

Thu, 18:00
Activists Dr Wolfgang Kieran and Chris Roche hand petition to Catherine West MP, who supports their campaign. Photo: Nigel Sutton

Activists say the library must stay in its Grade II-listed building – but Haringey Council’s choice is to move the service to the site of the former Green Man pub on Muswell Hill

Thu, 17:32
Jude Rogers impressed Tim Peake on board the International Space Station

An entrepeneurial pupil had his film broadcast to Tim Peake on the International Space Station – and was invited to Downing Street to welcome the astronaut home.

Thu, 11:25
A Highgate resident believes this unwelcome visitor may have beeen attracted by overflowing bins

Nearly half of Camden residents face having their weekly rubbish collections reduced to fortnightly from next April under radical proposals designed to save the council £5 million and “incentivise recycling”.

Two diners were injured in the accident involving an unmarked police car   pictures: Emily Banks

Diners at Pizza East restaurant in Highgate Road were injured when an unmarked police car on an emergency call was in collision with another car .

Mon, 18:35
Geography teacher Kato Harris wept as a jury cleared him of all charges

A Geography teacher has told of the “massive stress” of being accused of repeatedly raping a 14-year-old pupil in the classroom of his Camden school.

Mon, 17:45
Nearly 4,000 pupils were excluded for reasons including racist abuse and sexual misconduct across Camden, Haringey and Barnet. Picture: PA

Racist abuse, sexual misconduct and drug and alcohol offences – these are some of the reasons why nearly 4,000 Camden, Haringey and Barnet pupils were excluded from schools last year.

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Competitions

Which book character do you share cleaning habits with?

Whether you have more in common with put-upon Cinderella, emotionally turbulent Jane Eyre, or easily distracted Mole, you’re sure to appreciate that one lucky winner will receive four sessions of free cleaning. Enter our quiz for your chance to win. All runners up will get £10 off their first clean when making a repeat booking.

£15k prize bundle

Imagine having the opportunity to win an incredible £15,000 bundle of some of the most amazing prizes available. Well, for one lucky contest entrant that dream could soon become a reality because we at MyOffers are offering an incredible free prize bundle that will make even the most hardened person wild with excitement.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now