The furore over party funding squeezed most health coverage out last week, but it made a return to the headlines as the government briefed newspapers on its new cancer strategy.

Most papers focused on plans to crack down on the use of sunbeds and cigarette machines. 'The vend is nigh' said The People, while broadsheets focused on the dangers of coin-operated and unstaffed tanning salons - and the fact that there are no limits on the age of those who use them.

'A 20-minute visit to the booth is equivalent to spending a day at the beach,' The Observer said, adding that a complete ban on sunbeds had been ruled out by officials, as they feared it would lead to the setting up of unregulated clinics.

The Sunday Telegraph cited a 29-year-old who had died from skin cancer 'after using a sunbed twice daily from the age of 14'. It was one of the few to give equal coverage to the pledge in the strategy to speed up radiotherapy so that no-one will wait more than a month for it.

There was also criticism of Britain's cancer survival rates, which The Times said compared poorly with other developed nations.

Cancer czar Professor Mike Richards defended improvements in cancer services on Radio 4's Today programme, arguing that the figures were based on information collected several years ago. Quizzed on his personal approach to reducing cancer risk, Professor Richards told John Humphrys he avoided burnt toast, but he did occasionally eat chips. There was no mention of whether or not he used a sunbed.

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