OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2013) - The Save Your Skin Foundation commends Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, for yesterday's announcement that Health Canada will reinforce its health warnings about the dangers of tanning beds.
"The Harper Government is responding to a nation-wide health concern with this latest announcement," says Kathleen Barnard, Founder of Save Your Skin. "It's extremely important to ensure awareness about the dangers of tanning beds, and this warning label is a start. We would like to see greater awareness and education, resulting in a nation-wide ban of tanning beds."
The World Health Organization has stated that the use of tanning beds before the age of 35 increases the risk of developing skin cancer by 75%. Health warning labels on tanning beds is a step in the right direction; it will help reduce the number of young Canadians exposed to tanning beds, and help to raise awareness of the danger that tanning bed use poses.
The announcement by the Harper Government follows the posting of proposed changes to the labeling requirements for tanning equipment under the Radiation Emitting Devices Regulations (RED) and a call for public comment on the proposal. The proposed changes would require all tanning beds to display a health warning decal with the following messages: "Not recommended for use by those under 18 years of age"; "Tanning Equipment Can Cause Cancer", as well as a bulleted list of other health risks associated with tanning.
About Melanoma in Canada
Every year, thousands of Canadians are diagnosed with melanoma, with the incidence of the disease increasing faster than that of any other cancer. Melanoma is a deadly form of skin cancer characterized by the uncontrolled growth of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) located in the skin. One in 74 men and 1 in 90 women are expected to develop melanoma during their lifetime; 1 in 284 men and 1 in 486 women will die of it. Melanoma is clearly visible on the skin, and 90 per cent of melanomas are caused by exposure to UV light, including tanning beds.
About the Save Your Skin Foundation
The Save Your Skin Foundation is a Canadian not-for-profit foundation. Through events and other initiatives, the Foundation focuses on: raising funds for education and awareness, providing emotional and financial support to those dealing with melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, and on supporting the ongoing research and treatment of skin cancer - especially melanoma. The Save Your Skin Foundation is a member of the Coalition Priorité Cancer au Québec (http://coalitioncancer.com/).
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