Cancer couches condemned

NEW research has again confirmed the use of solariums, which emit UVB and UVA radiation, cause cancer including melanoma.

Cancer Council Queensland has welcomed the release of a new review by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) that shows solarium use causes cancer.

Cancer Council Queensland Sunsmart co-ordinator Lisa Naumann said the new IARC review should prompt the Queensland Government to further regulate the solarium industry.

“The IARC review confirms that solarium use increases the risk of developing skin cancer,” she said.

“More specifically, it also shows that using a solarium before 30 years of age increases the risk of developing melanoma by 75 per cent.”

“The government has a responsibility to legislate the standard to protect at risk Queenslanders,” Ms Naumann said.


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