Sunbed Ass Fights Back: Irish salons disagree with WHO, IARC on sunbed issue…

By Aisling | August 28 2009 | 32 Comments


Anyone vaguely interested in tanning and the dangers associated with sunbeds will know all about the recent WHO report on skin cancer risk. Cathyfly told us about it a couple of weeks ago and if you pick up this month’s copy of Image you’ll see that I’m singing from the same hymn sheet.

So I was not surprised when a mad email defending the use of sunbeds dropped into my inbox this week. Subject line: SUNBED ASS FIGHTS BACK. From a salon that makes money from sunbeds of course. Now you’ve no idea how many mad emails we receive at and normally we just click ‘delete’ and they never see the light of day again.

The main defense of sunbed use seemed to come from badly written press releases from the Sunlight Research Association which claims that sunbed use is perfectly safe. However two seconds of investigation revealed that the SRA represents thousands of indoor tanning manufacturers, distributors, facility owners and members from other support industries throughout Europe

Hardly impartial so. The head of the Irish Cancer Control Programme and our Minister for Health have both come out in favour of banning these contraptions (read about it here), and while sunbed tanning may be safe when properly regulated, the stark fact is that it hardly ever is. Legislation is being prepared to protect those most at risk – under 18s are in most danger of skin damage.

So listen sun bed tanning booth people – you’re going to have to come up with something better than made up reports and mad emails. Forget Sunbed Ass fights back. Try this one: Ass fights back.

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32 Replies to "Sunbed Ass Fights Back: Irish salons disagree with WHO, IARC on sunbed issue…"

  • CoCo says:

    The cheek of them!!

  • Liv says:

    Boy, does it ever fight back. Ass, face, skin … I swore I’d wear SPF 50 every day for the rest of my life when I saw pictures of former classmates on facebook. 29 years old going on 45. If you don’t care about cancer, just imagine some classmate staring at your facebook pictures in horror ….

  • Mise says:

    I’m 29, have never been on a sunbed and will never go on one. If I’m going out it’s fake tan all the way for me. yes, it can be a pain to apply, but at least it’s safe.

  • MontyC says:

    What that’s noise?

    I know what it is.

    It the furious sound of the SRA scraping the bottom of the barrel.

  • KellBell says:

    Idiots! Seriously, they think that they have the right to mislead people with nonsense when the WHO has even linked a higher risk of cancer?

    That kind of stupidity actually annoys me and i don;t know why …

  • John says:

    “However two seconds of investigation revealed that the SRA represents thousands of indoor tanning manufacturers, distributors, facility owners and members from other support industries throughout Europe”

    So what? They don’t have a right to defend their industry and livelihood against such misleading “studies” and attacks?

    There are two sides to every story, sites such as have lots of info and articles regarding uv exposure and the benefits of moderate exposure. And there is no edia hype or sunscreen money involved.

  • Cherry says:

    While i dont agree with the use of sunbeds either, i dont see how they can ban them without banning cigarettes too?! They are known to cause cancer too, so where is the difference? Oh wait, the government get tax revenue from ciggie sales, well then, just tax sunbeds too.

    And sunbeds are used by people with skin problems, like acne etc, so who are we to stop these people from relieving their problem skin if this is the only option that works for them?! I know i suffer from mild acne on my chest that flares up quite randomly and the only thing that clears it is the sun, which is fine as i live abroad at the moment, but when i move home and it flares up again, what do i do, live with it? avoid wearing strappy tops, v neck tops, what if i have a special occasion? I have tried all medication, topical treatment and nothing works only the sun or sunbed.

    By all mean regulate sunbeds and their use by underage people, perhaps limit sunbeds to a doctors surgery, for the treatment of skin ailments only.
    But enough of the nanny state PLEASE!!!!

  • Ed says:

    By Christiane Northrup – Board Certified Ob-gyn
    See two of her articles below.

    My perspective:
    I personally frequent my local indoor tanning salon. I am an office worker who lives in a Northern climate with a history of Vitamin D deficiency; both Breast Cancer and Osteoporosis run in my family. In my opinion it is all about moderation, and many of my friends as well. We all frequent this establishment and they never once have condoned over-exposure or burning.
    There is no study I have found that illustrates “cancer causing” when a person only tans, not burns. Have you?

    Protect Your Breasts With Vitamin D

    Excerpt from article
    I encourage every woman to check her vitamin D level regularly and keep it in the optimal range. This is easily done
    vitamin D-3 per day and getting regular, safe sun exposure. (You can even visit a tanning salon that offers UVB tann
    body will benefit. This is preventive medicine at its finest.


    Ensure you’re getting enough Vitamin D.
    The most recent research reveals that calcium is virtually useless without
    enough vitamin D. So if a bone density screening or a urine test shows any
    evidence of osteoporosis, get your vitamin D level checked with a simple
    blood test. Blood levels of vitamin D below 20 ng/mL show a deficiency.
    Adequate levels are 30–50 ng/mL. But Vitamin D expert Michael Holick,
    M.D., Ph.D., Chief of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition at Boston
    University School of Medicine, believes the ideal level is 100 ng/ml. If your
    levels aren’t high enough, get some sunlight, and take supplements.
    We were meant to manufacture our vitamin D under skin that is exposed to
    ultraviolet light. I recommend up to twenty minutes of exposure without
    sunscreen during early morning or late afternoon, three to five times per
    week for four to five months out of the year (between April and October in
    northern latitudes—above the fortieth parallel). But be sure to never get so
    much that you redden your the skin. In the winter, you can use a tanning
    booth for eight to ten minutes once per week. Also be aware that as we age,
    our bodies become less efficient at making their own vitamin D. So if you
    are older than sixty-five, you may need more time in the sun to get the same
    To ensure you’re getting enough, take 800–5,000 IU of Vitamin D per day.
    Good food sources of vitamin D are liver, cod liver oil, and egg yolks. Don’t
    rely on fortified dairy foods, however. When Dr. Holick, studied the vitamin
    D content of fortified milk, he found that there’s often not enough vitamin
    D present because of processing problems. In fact, up to 50 percent of the
    milk tested had less vitamin D than noted on the label. Fifteen percent of
    the milk had no vitamin D at all! And in skim milk there is a problem
    getting vitamin D into the solution because vitamin D is fat soluble and
    requires some fat to blend with the product. Skim milk products may
    actually have little or no vitamin D whatsoever.

  • Kirstie says:

    People, stop trying to pretend that sunbeds are all lovely and shiny and happy and gorgeous. They are not. They are completely unregulated and that is the crux of the issue. No one checks that the levels of UV they emit are safe, no one enforces maximum time allowed on the beds. That is a huge problem.

    No one wears sunscreen to go on a sunbed, but it is increasingly in our consciousness to do so in natural sunlight, so we’re getting that vitamin D the dogs on the street know we need (so fudging the issue with this wonderful piece of research which naturally trumps anything the WHO can muster … NOT … is completely ridiculous and nothing to do with the danger and regulation issue) as well as essential sun protection.

    All tans are damage. The more skin damage you have, the more likely it is to lead to problems.

  • Ed says:

    Consider too the money trail.
    Take a look at “who” the sunscreen industries support…Schering Plough (Coppertone), for example. You guessed it, the Derms.
    Neither have produced any evidence that tanning is cancer causing…just burning.
    …spf’s 60 billion dollar industry with a history of timed reports that sun-scare when it is time to buy sunscreen

    Does one believe that a person who wants to overexpose and is bound and determined to do so, will not do the same outdoors? Is this better?
    Should we ban all 18 and under from going to the beach too. As one said above, not that I agree, many people overdo it in indoor sunbeds even though there are positive effects and therefore they should be banned,
    Well…do you think those folks are the ones applying sunscreen at the beach…I do not think so.

    Lets use our heads and not create the Nanny State! educate yourself and read both sides opinions.
    you do not have to read the indoor tanning positions if you are afraid they are biased.
    read Christiane Northrup, MD
    Michael Holick, MD
    Mark Sorenson, MD
    to name a few

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