Artificial Tanning

Artificial Tanning is Not Worth the Risk
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London Dermatologist Dr. Lyn Guenther reported that, “Almost everyone under age 35 who I’ve treated for melanoma has used a tanning parlour.”

Research shows an increased risk of melanoma, the more rare but most deadly form of skin cancer, is related to the use of indoor tanning equipment.  The risk is consistently higher among those who started using artificial tanning at an earlier age.

Among those who first used a tanning bed before age 35, the risk of melanoma is increased by 59% (Canadian Cancer Statistics 2014).

New Legislation

In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) identified ultraviolet light from artificial tanning equipment as a Group 1 carcinogen which also includes arsenic, mustard gas and tobacco.

In 2009, the WHO recommended that artificial tanning be banned to youth under age 18.  Many countries including Australia, Germany, Scotland, England, France, at least 21 of the United States and several provinces in Canada have passed legislation banning youth from using artificial tanning equipment.  Brazil and New South Wales in Australia have banned artificial tanning equipment use for all ages.

In Ontario, the new Skin Cancer Prevention Act (Tanning Beds), 2013, which bans the use of artificial tanning equipment for use by youth under 18 years of age, became effective Thursday, May 1, 2014.

Find out more about the new legislation regarding the use of tanning beds: Skin Cancer Prevention Act (Tanning Beds)

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