OAKVILLE, ON, Oct. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The Melanoma Network of Canada (MNC)
is today celebrating the Ontario Government's passage of Bill 30, the
Skin Cancer Prevention Act. This legislation will prevent those under
18 years of age from accessing indoor tanning equipment in Ontario and
will save many lives.
"We are so proud that this life saving Bill has finally passed," said
MNC Chair and three time melanoma survivor, Annette Cyr. "Melanoma is
the second most commonly occurring cancer for Canadians 15-34 and
tanning beds pose a significant risk for developing skin cancer or
melanoma. For years we have advocated tenaciously for Bill 30 - and its
three predecessors - to become law to prevent Ontario teens from
exposure to life threatening UV rays."
By taking action to ban teens from tanning, Ontario joins Prince Edward
Island, Quebec, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland that
have already enacted similar restrictions for minors. In 2012, the MNC
spearheaded the campaign to ban tanning for teens in the municipalities
of Mississauga, Oakville and in the Region of Peel. The charity has
been urging governments across Canada, including Ontario, to pass this
legislation for over 4 years.
"We are thankful to all three parties for putting politics aside and
passing this life saving legislation," said Cyr. "We will remember
today as a turning point in the fight against melanoma."
About the Melanoma Network Canada (MNC)
Melanoma Network Canada (MNC) is a Canada's most recognized authority on
melanoma for patients and their caregivers. MNC works in collaboration
with medical professionals, health care agencies and other stakeholders
to educate, advocate and fund for prevention and early diagnosis and
treatment of melanoma. For information on melanoma or to get involved,
please visit us at www.melanomanetwork.ca.
SOURCE: Melanoma Network of Canada
For further information:
Annette Cyr, Chair, Melanoma Network of Canada
905.901.5121 ext. 101, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Bowes, Marketing and Communications Manager, Melanoma Network of Canada
905.901.5121 ext. 104 email@example.com