OTTAWA, Feb. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Dermatology Association is
pleased with the news of Health Canada's decision to implement stricter
labelling requirements for indoor tanning equipment.
"Today's announcement made by the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Federal
Minister of Health, is an important first step to protecting the health
and well-being not only of youth but of all Canadians. Yet, there remains still more to be done," said Dr Gordon Searles,
President of the Canadian Dermatology Association.
Until such time as federal legislation is enacted to ban those under the
age of 18 from using indoor tanning equipment, the Canadian Dermatology
Association is urging all provincial governments to take action in the
interest of protecting the health of Canada's youth.
In 2012, estimates indicated there would be more cases of skin cancer
diagnosed in Canada than breast, lung and prostate cancers combined
Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, British Columbia and Quebec all recognize the
dangers associated with indoor tanning and have made it illegal for
their youth to use tanning facilities in their provinces, and the rest
of the country should heed their example.
Research shows indoor tanning before the age of 35 has been associated
with a significant increase in the risk of developing skin cancer,
including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Recently the
World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer
moved sunbeds (UV tanning beds) to the highest cancer risk
category—group 1— 'carcinogenic to humans'. Other substances listed as
WHO IARC group 1 carcinogens include: arsenic, asbestos, tobacco and
SOURCE: Canadian Dermatology Association
For further information:
Jennifer Scott, Director, Communications
Office: 613.738.1748 x 222