Scanner will reveal sun bed threat

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A SKIN scanner will show shoppers the damaging effects of sunbeds when it comes to the Capital.

The machine, which has been provided by a campaign group known as “R UV UGLY”, will be situated in the St James Centre from Monday to Wednesday next week.

The hi-tech skin scanner will attempt to show sunbed users cosmetic damage to their skin, as well as potential damage to DNA, which can lead to melanoma. The campaign has been backed by Cancer Research UK and the Scottish Government.

Michael Matheson, minister for public health, said: “We know that using sunbeds is dangerous, but we are still seeing too many young people across Scotland putting themselves at higher risk of skin cancer through unsafe tanning.

“Avoiding sunbed use really could save your life, and that is why this campaign is so important in highlighting how sunbed use can increase your risk of getting skin cancer.”

Cancer Research UK public affairs manager Vicky Crichton added: “As the cold, dark nights draw in, we want to ensure that people realise that sunbeds are not the answer.”