People should stop using sun beds because of the dangers of ultra-violet radiation, the British Medical Association (BMA) said on Friday.

The “Sunbeds” report, from the BMA’s Board of Science and Education, calls on the Government to regulate sunbed use in light of research showing that some people are having more than 100 such tanning sessions a year.

BMA’s head of science, Vivienne Nathanson, says, “It’s ironic, people use sunbeds because they think they’ll look better and yet they will probably end up looking old prematurely and possibly getting skin cancer.”

The report said the risk of skin cancer appears to be greatest for the young, with the chances of developing a tumor increasing by up to 20 percent per decade of sunbed use before the age of 56.