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More evidence of harms of sunbed use, particularly for young people

24/03/2016 at 09:51:27 | by Liz Tilton

From BMJ - 6th October 2012

 

Indoor tanning increases risk of the three most common skin cancers

 
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation, either from the sun or from artificial sources, causes skin cancer.
 
Tanning beds have emerged as a prevalent but preventable source of such exposure. Over the past two decades, acquiring a tan through exposure to artificial sources of ultraviolet radiation has become popular among fair skinned people, particularly adolescents and young adults. The use of such tanning devices has been associated with a significantly increased risk of melanoma. Two linked research papers provice further evidence of the harmful effects of indoor tanning.
 

A tax on indoor tanning would reduce demand

 
The use of indoor tanning beds has been established to be a serious risk to human health. In the European Union, Northern Ireland is the latest country to pass legislation that prohibits under 18s from using indoor tanning equipment. Although this will protect children from this risk, more needs to be done if we are to respond to the International Agency for Research on Cancer's suggestion that we need also to "discourage young adults from using indoor tanning equipment."
 
Globally, the incidence of cutaneous melanoma has increased faster than any other common cancer, with an approximate doubling of rates every 10-20 years in countries with predominantly white populations. For instance, in 2008 there were about 70,000 incidences of, and more than 14,000 deaths from, melanoma in the European Union.
 

Cutaneous melanoma attributable to sunbed use:
systematic review and meta-analysis

 
STUDY QUESTION
What is the estimated burden of melanoma resulting from sunbed use in western Europe?

SUMMARY ANSWER
Sunbed use is associated with a significant increase in the risk of melanoma, with risk increasing with number of sessions and if use starts at a young age (<35 years). the cancerous damage associated with sunbed use is substantial and accounted for about 3438 cases annually.
 
WHAT IS KNOWN AND WHAT THIS PAPER ADDS
Previous studies reported an increased risk of cutaneous melanoma associated with sunbed use but no consistent close-response relation. This meta-analysis confirms a doubling of the risk of melanoma when first sunbed use takes place at a younge age, and there was evidence of a close-response relation between amount of sunbed use and risk of melanoma. In Europe an estimated 3438 new cases of melanoma each year are associated with sunbed use.
 

Indoor tanning and non-melanoma skin cancer:
systematic review and meta-analysis

 
STUDY QUESTION 
What is the association between indoor tanning and non-melanoma skin cancer?
 
SUMMARY ANSWER
People who reported ever using a tanning bed had a 67% higher risk of squamous cell carcinoma and a 29% higher risk of basal cell carcinoma.
 
WHAT IS KNOWN AND WHAT THIS PAPER ADDS
Indoor tanning is a known carcinogen for malignant melanoma. Indoor tanning is also associated with non-melanoma skin cancer, especially when exposure occurs early in life.
 



What you should know about cosmetic intervention

17/04/2013 at 12:03:04 | by Georgina Ireland
Marie Claire have set up a petition to stop unregulated cosmetic treatments, here is what they say:
 
We think women should be fully informed so that they are empowered to make the right decisions for them. If you have a procedure and something goes wrong, we want you to know where to turn for help and not be made to feel like a silly, vain woman. If you agree with this, sign this petition today.

Heres what we think you should know:

The Industry Is Unregulated And Unaccountable

Cosmetic surgery and treatments such as Botox, fillers and microdermabrasion which we have come to view as everyday beauty treatments are potentially dangerous procedures that urgently need to be regulated by the government. Currently the industry is almost entirely unregulated and unaccountable yet it takes up to £3 billion a year, mostly from women.

Anyone Can Call Themselves A Cosmetic Practitioner Even Without Training

Currently the industry is almost entirely unregulated, meaning that any type of doctor, from a GP to a microbiologist, can perform cosmetic surgery, even if they have had no training. In addition, anyone can buy equipment such as laser machines and call themselves a cosmetic practitioner, while fillers are easily available online.

Hard Sales Techniques Manipulate Vulnerable Women

The Marie Claire campaign demands a ban on hard sales techniques such as interest-free finance and two-for-the-price-of-one deals, as well as manipulative advertising that preys on womens vulnerabilities.

Stigma Prevents Many Unhappy Customers Speaking Out

Without proper training, the results of cosmetic intervention can be disastrous: two out of three surgeons surveyed by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons say they have seen patients suffering complications from botched temporary fillers. Current figures for bad results could be the tip of the iceberg because of the shame and stigma attached to cosmetic surgery and embarrassment at coming forward.

We Think Women Need To Be Empowered To Make Good Choices

Whatever your views on cosmetic surgery, we are sure you agree that women should be empowered to make the right choices and if they do go ahead with treatments they should be kept safe to prevent another disaster like the PIP implant scandal when as many as 47,000 British women were given faulty breast implants.

The Marie Claire Petition - TakeAGoodLook Campaign Demands:

a register for practitioners and procedures
standardised information for patients
a ban on special offers and procedures as prizes
a code of practice for advertising
training courses for non-surgical procedures
fillers to be made prescription-only
a national breast implant registry
an impartial organisation to turn to when things go wrong

So please, sign their petition if you think women should be empowered, informed and safe about cosmetic procedures.

 
Medical Cosmetic and Spa offer you the reassurance of highly trained and experienced female doctor that is fully regulated with the GMC (General Medical Council).
 
If you would like to make an appointment for a free consultation, please call us on 0845 2261344



Dermaroller - Top of the Beauty Charts - as advertised in Red Magazine

05/09/2012 at 11:05:37 | by Georgina Ireland
IT LOOKS LIKE A MINI TORTURE DEVISE, BUT SERIOUS RESULTS AND A CULT FOLLOWING ARE PUTTING THIS SPIKE-FILLED ROLLER AT THE TOP OF THE BEAUTY CHARTS  
 
Ever heard of skin needling? It may sound like a form of Japanese torture but this relatively affordable skin treatment, which harnesses the power of tattoo needles, has little recovery time and claims to have significant anti-ageing benefits.
 
After having a hugely stressful couple of years, Becky Jones went from having that youthful plumpness and bloom to being thin, sallow and dull, she felt aged overnight! She then came across the Dermaroller treatment, which Angelina Jolie credited her flawless skin to its magic powers. Becky claims this has managed to knock 10 years off her looks.
 
The roller device overed in miniature spikes, is pushed horizontally, vertically and diagonally, all over your face, making tiny holes as it goes. The resulting trauma causes the dermis's natural repair process to kick in, stimulating lots of new collagen and elastin. A fresh supply will plump and smooth, reduce scarring, even out skintone and restore luminosity.
 
Unlike many 'novelty' treatments, it's graduated from mere fad to become one othe the fastest-growing beauty treatments of recent years. At Dr Michael Prager's Harley Street clinic, 'the number of Dermaroller clients has doubled year on year since 2009, while EF MediSpa say it's now one of their most popular treatments. Another bonus is there's very little down time, after the initial redness has gone down, you will just look a little sunburnt.
 
 
Please call us on 0845 226 1344 if you would like to book a free consultation


 



Botox - The No 1 Cosmetic Procedure

14/07/2010 at 11:40:58
Botox is the No 1 cosmetic procedure in the world - even US women's rights campaigners now advocate it! The British appetite for non-surgical medical cosmetic procedures has risen by 200 per cent in the past 5 years, with Botox taking the No 1 spot in the market.
 
Dr Alistair Carruthers, a dermatologist in London said that the first person they treated was their receptionist, who 'looked ferrocious, with two frown lines that were very deep. Within a couple of days, she was looking so relaxed and fresh - it was a miracle.'
 
He said that Botox only leads to happiness, and that new research is showing that it even helps alleviate depression!
 
Dr Carruthers has been injecting Botox for nearly 30 years, and has neither seen nor heard of any worrying complication.



Embarrassing Bodies - Channel 4

15/03/2010 at 13:51:46
Embarrassing Bodies, Channel 4 on Wednesday 27th May featured three treatments that are carried out at Medical Cosmetic Service - IPL Hair Removal, Acne Treatment and Treatment for Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) using Botox.

If you would like further information on these treatments then please call the Medical Cosmetic and Spa on 0845 226 1344



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