sk:n Clinics Conducting Free Open Days to Raise Awareness of Skin Damage Caused by Sunbeds

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sk:n conducts open days to raise awareness on skin damage by use of sunbeds. A campaign to raise awareness amongst young people about the dangers of using sun bed salons is offering the public free skin assessments throughout February and March.

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The open days consist of a free consultation, usually costing £25.

'R UV UGLY?' is an initiative by Cancer Research UK to show invisible damage caused to the skin by going on sunbeds in the pursuit of a tan. Ten sk:n clinics in areas across Britain where number of sunbed salons is high have been chosen to host special open days.

The open days consist of a free consultation, usually costing £25. Using the latest in specialist skin-tanning technology, hidden sun damage caused by overexposure to UV rays by the sun or sunbeds can be seen under the surface of the skin.

Over half of 18-24 year olds (53 per cent) believe that tanned skin is more fashionable according to a survey by Cancer Research UK. This is despite research figures which show that using a sunbed before the age of 35 increases the risk of melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer.

Chris Lunn, SunSmart campaign manager at Cancer Research UK said, "Often the consequences aren't seen for years so we want to help give a sneak preview of what their future face looks like and if they must have a tan, encourage then to switch to a safer alternative by using fake tan."

The sk:n open days for the 'R UV UGLY?' campaign are designed to influence young people's attitudes and raise awareness about the risks of malanoma, the second most common cancer amongst 15-34 year olds.

sk:n clinics offer numerous skin treatments including acne treatment, facial rejuvenation techniques and laser hair removal, a safe and long term solution to removing unwanted hair

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