Pro­tect­ing mi­nors from skin can­cer

The McLeod River Post - - Family, Farm & Garden -

To pro­tect their health, youth un­der 18 will be banned from ar­ti­fi­cial tan­ning ser­vices start­ing Jan. 1, 2018.

The gov­ern­ment is act­ing on clear ev­i­dence link­ing ar­ti­fi­cial tan­ning with skin can­cer by pro­hibit­ing ar­ti­fi­cial tan­ning for mi­nors and re­quir­ing busi­nesses to promi­nently dis­play health warn­ings.

Be­gin­ning Jan. 1, 2018, busi­nesses pro­vid­ing ar­ti­fi­cial tan­ning ser­vices:

• Can­not pro­vide ul­tra­vi­o­let (UV) ar­ti­fi­cial tan­ning ser­vices to mi­nors.

• Can­not ad­ver­tise UV ar­ti­fi­cial tan­ning ser­vices to mi­nors.

• Are re­quired to post health warn­ings and age re­stric­tions.

• Can­not have un­su­per­vised self­ser­vice ar­ti­fi­cial tan­ning equip­ment in pub­lic places.

“Re­search has shown that us­ing ar­ti­fi­cial tan­ning when you are un­der 35 dra­mat­i­cally in­creases your risk for me­lanoma. The changes we’re mak­ing will help pro­tect our youth from a dis­ease that af­fects hun­dreds of Al­ber­tans every year and gives Al­ber­tans bet­ter in­for­ma­tion about the risks of ar­ti­fi­cial tan­ning.”

Sarah Hoff­man, Min­is­ter of Health

Skin can­cer is the most com­mon can­cer in Al­berta and ac­counts for more than onethird of all new can­cer cases. UV ra­di­a­tion ex­po­sure ac­counts for about 82 per cent of me­lanoma, which is the dead­li­est form of skin can­cer.

“Pre­vent­ing teen use of ar­ti­fi­cial tan­ning equip­ment will re­duce skin can­cer, which, de­spite be­ing highly pre­ventable, is one of the fastest-ris­ing cancers. As a sur­vivor of this dis­ease my­self, I want to thank the gov­ern­ment for pro­claim­ing this act – it will save lives.”

Dan Holinda, Cana­dian Can­cer So­ci­ety

“As a me­lanoma sur­vivor, I sup­port the gov­ern­ment with tak­ing pre­ven­ta­tive mea­sures to pro­tect youth in Al­berta. Ar­ti­fi­cial tan­ning should be made with ma­ture thought and full aware­ness of the detri­ments such as pos­si­bly de­vel­op­ing skin can­cer. I be­lieve this is a step for­ward in re­duc­ing skin can­cer sta­tis­tics in Al­berta.”

Lisa Brent, Me­lanoma sur­vivor

Quick facts

• Ev­i­dence shows us­ing UV ar­ti­fi­cial tan­ning equip­ment be­fore the age of 35 in­creases the risk of me­lanoma by 59 per cent.

• Rates of me­lanoma skin can­cer are in­creas­ing in Al­berta.

o In 2014, there were 665 new cases of me­lanoma and 64 deaths due to the dis­ease.

• This is a rise in the num­ber of cases from 2012, when there were 599 new cases of me­lanoma and 72 deaths due to the dis­ease.

• Al­berta Health con­sulted with busi­nesses that of­fer ar­ti­fi­cial tan­ning ser­vices and health ad­vo­cacy groups to help in­form the reg­u­la­tion and stan­dard. o The reg­u­la­tion:

 Pre­scribes ac­cept­able forms of ID to ver­ify age.

 Bans tan­ning ad­ver­tis­ing tar­geted to mi­nors.

 Re­quires spe­cific sig­nage with health warn­ings and the age re­stric­tion to be posted at pub­lic en­try­ways, points of sale and at each UV-emit­ting de­vice.

 Des­ig­nates Al­berta Health Ser­vices’ pub­lic health in­spec­tors as en­force­ment of­fi­cers.

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