TORONTO, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society is thrilled
that the Government of Ontario is taking action to address an important
cancer prevention issue by introducing new government-backed
legislation that would ban youth under 18 from indoor tanning.
"We applaud this decision aimed at saving lives and reducing the
devastating impact of skin cancer," says Joanne Di Nardo, Senior
Manager of Public Issues for the Canadian Cancer Society in Ontario.
"We hope that all members of provincial parliament will act quickly to
pass this legislation that has strong support from all parties and
Indoor tanning bed use before the age of 35 significantly increases the
risk of melanoma. Melanoma is one of the most common forms of skin
cancer in young Ontarians aged 15 to 29, and is one of the most
"At 21 years old, I was diagnosed with skin cancer. I'm 22 now and
living with the reality that I've wrecked my health because I used
indoor tanning beds as a teen," says Kate Neale, a melanoma survivor
and Canadian Cancer Society volunteer from Belleville. "Having skin
cancer has scarred my body and the disease continues to wreak havoc
with my health. I want to stop every teenager from using indoor tanning
The Society knows that legislation is needed because parental consent
and voluntary guidelines do not work. With this announcement Ontario is
set to become the sixth provincial jurisdiction to ban youth from using
indoor tanning equipment.
"While new legislation has been introduced at Queen's Park, it's
important to note that it has not been passed into law," says Di Nardo.
"To help make this happen, we encourage people to continue to send
letters to their MPPs by visiting takeaction.cancer.ca."
The Canadian Cancer Society commends NDP Health Critic France Gélinas
who has championed this issue. In recent years, Ms. Gélinas twice
brought Private Member's legislation forward at Queen's Park.
The Society has been on the front lines advocating on this important
cancer prevention issue for more than seven years. During this time the
organization's volunteers and staff across the province have met with
MPPs, written letters to the editor and brought awareness of the
dangers of indoor tanning.
To make progress in the fight against cancer, the disease must be fought
from different angles. Putting the issue of youth and indoor tanning on
the political radar is one of the many ways the Canadian Cancer Society
is fighting back against a disease that touches far too many lives.
About the Canadian Cancer Society, Ontario Division
The Canadian Cancer Society is your best partner in the fight against
cancer. We have more impact against more cancers in more communities
than any other cancer charity in Canada. Through our mission, we fight
more than 200 different types of cancer on numerous fronts. From cancer
prevention activities to advocacy efforts on important issues, we give
a voice to cancer patients and their families. We also fund world-class
research and offer free information and support services that are
proven to decrease stress and anxiety in patients and family
caregivers. The work of the Canadian Cancer Society is supported by our
dedicated volunteers and the generous support of our fundraising
campaigns such as Daffodil Month and Relay For Life. To learn more, call 1-888-939-3333 or visit cancer.ca.
SOURCE: Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division)
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