Time to put solariums to bed: AMA (WA)

Time to put solariums to bed: AMA (WA)


Monday 4 August 2014

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The West Australian Government is putting lives at risk by not moving faster on the ban of commercial tanning beds, the AMA (WA) said today.

 

“Every other state in the country has recognised the danger solariums pose, and have taken the necessary action to ban these killing machines,” AMA (WA) President Dr Michael Gannon said.

 

“The World Health Organisation officially labelled tanning beds as being carcinogenic to humans in 2010, so there’s no doubt within the scientific community that these machines cause cancer.

 

“When you look at the reasons why young people die of Melanoma, it is often very closely related to solarium use and the massive doses of radiation they emit. Any further delay in enacting this legislation is threatening people’s lives.

 

“It’s disappointing that the Deputy Premier has not shown more leadership on this issue.

 

“We understand there is resistance within the Government, but the issues are very clear – there is a risk to the citizens of WA.”

 

“We urge the State Government to follow all other Australian states and get rid of these machines as quickly as possible.

 

“We would also like to remind the people of WA that there is no such thing as a safe tan – be happy with the colour of your skin and don’t put yourself at the risk of Cancer just for vanity,” Dr Gannon said.

 

Dr Gannon’s comments to the media on this issue can be viewed here

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