The scanner shows potential damage to a person’s skin
An ultraviolet skin scanner has been touring parts of Scotland to warn people about the dangers of tanning.
It’s the first time the UV machine has offered free scans in shopping centres in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and East Kilbride.
The campaign’s been funded by the Scottish government and nearly 2,500 people have had their picture taken.
The scan includes a high-tech image showing potential skin damage from UV rays.
Vicky Crichton from Cancer Research UK says the organization is worried about the most serious form of skin cancer.
“Malignant melanoma rates have tripled in 15 to 34-year-olds in Scotland over the last 30 years.
“People in Scotland tend to be more pale-skinned which means they’re more susceptible to skin damage and there are issues with people using sun beds.”
Rates of skin cancer are higher in Scotland than anywhere else in the UK.
Most of Scotland gets around 1,000 hours of sunshine a year but that’s much lower than the south coast of England which enjoys about 1,500 hours.