Sun bed ban will save lives: Cancer Council

Source: Cancerqld

Cancer Council Queensland has commended the Queensland Government for announcing a full ban on commercial solariums.

The ban will take effect on December 31, 2014.

Cancer Council Queensland CEO Professor Jeff Dunn welcomed the decision in response to the Cancer Council’s call for a total ban.

“This is an important law to protect Queenslanders against melanoma and other potentially fatal skin cancers,” Prof Dunn said.

“The evidence is clear, sunbeds can be lethal.

“We congratulate Health Minister Lawrence Springborg for his leadership on this issue.”

Prof Dunn said young people who used solariums were more vulnerable to risks of skin cancer.

“A systematic review of the research on the link between skin cancer and solarium use concluded that the risk of skin cancer from any sunbed use was 20% which rose to 59% if exposure was before 35 years of age.

“This risk increases with number of sunbed sessions, with a 1.8% increase in risk for each additional sunbed session per year.

“Furthermore, increased melanoma risk associated with sunbed use is found in all Caucasian populations, irrespective of the individual skin type.”

Cancer Council Queensland also applauded the Health Minister for his action earlier this year to discontinue issuing new solarium licenses.

“The Minister’s decision to cease granting new solarium licenses has helped to minimise the number of business owners who will be impacted by this ban.

“By the time the ban comes into effect, only 11 solarium licenses will be current in Queensland.

“There is no such thing as a safe way to use solariums – unprotected exposure to UV radiation is extremely dangerous.

“Tanning has taken a tragic toll on Queensland lives.

“This law reinforces the fact that UV radiation is not safe and will help to deter young people from the dangerous practice of tanning.”

Call the Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20 or go to http://www.cancerqld.org.au for more information about skin cancer, cancer prevention, and risk factors.

ENDS

For more information or interviews, please contact:
Katie Clift, Executive Manager, Media and Spokesperson, Cancer Council Queensland
Ph: (07) 3634 5372 or 0409 001 171

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