Solarium to be prohibited in NSW

Solarium to be prohibited in NSW

Last year in February the NSW Goverment announced that solariums will be prohibited from 31st December 2014, as they are still considered to be not safe.

There is irrefutable scientific evidence that exposure to UV radiation in solaria is a high risk for melanoma and other skin cancers.

Research shows that people who have ever used a solarium before the age of 35 have a 87% greater risk of melanoma than those who have never used a solarium. The risk of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) for solarium users is more than twice that of non-users. An Australian study has estimated that every year, 281 new melanoma cases, 43 melanoma related deaths and 2,572 new cases of SCC can be attributed to solaria use. Health care costs for treating these cancers has been calculated at approximately $3 million.

Solarium to be prohibited in NSWThe NSW government has allowed for a three year introduction period for the ban giving the solaria industry time to transition their business to safer alternatives. Until the ban becomes effective on 31 December 2014, all commercial solaria businesses in NSW will continue to be subject to existing Regulation introduced in 2009.


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