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Sun beds go under the spotlight

PUBLISHED: 16:13 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:58 25 August 2010

PUPILS are playing a central role in warning other students about the danger of skin cancer caused by sunbeds.

PUPILS are playing a central role in warning other students about the danger of skin cancer caused by sunbeds.

Children from Bexleyheath School starred in a DVD that will be circulated to every secondary school in south London.

The school's year nine Gifted and Talented drama group wrote, directed and performed the play Dying for a Tan.

Dr Julia Scarisbrick, consultant dermatologist from Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, said: "The young people from Bexleyheath School are doing a great job in raising awareness of this critical issue.

"Using a sunbed increases your chances of getting skin cancer by up to 75 per cent."

This week the International Agency for Research on Cancer reclassified sunbeds as definately rather than probably increasing the risk of developing cancer.

Between 2004 and 2006, more than 550 people in south east London were diagnosed with cancerous moles. Malignant melanoma kills seven in the UK residents every day.

The Dying for a Tan production is available to watch at www.spotofsun.co.uk.

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