TORONTO, March 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's doctors wish to congratulate
Health Minister Deb Matthews on the introduction today of a bill to ban
indoor tanning among Ontarians younger than 18. We urge speedy passage
of the bill to make this life-saving measure a reality.
Ontario's doctors have been calling for a ban on the use of indoor
tanning equipment since 2010. The UV rays from tanning beds can damage
the skin and increase the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma, the
deadliest form of skin cancer, which is currently incurable. The World
Health Organization has classified tanning beds in their highest cancer
risk category, alongside tobacco and asbestos. People exposed to UV
radiation from tanning beds at a young age are more likely to develop
skin cancer later in life than those who never used tanning beds.
However, we recommend that everyone in Ontario, regardless of age,
avoid using tanning beds.
"We're glad that the province has taken this important step and is
moving to ban this dangerous practice. The evidence is simply
unequivocal that the use of tanning beds increases cancer risk - and
the earlier in life people are exposed to UV rays, the more likely they
will develop skin cancer."
Dr. Doug Weir
Ontario Medical Association
SOURCE: Ontario Medical Association
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