Provincial Policy Position: The Canadian Cancer Society recommends that the provincial government restrict youth under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning equipment.
There is no safe way to get a tan and indoor tanning has been declared a known carcinogen that causes cancer. Indoor tanning increases your risk of the most serious type of skin cancer, melanoma, by 59% when used before the age of 35.
All parties should make a commitment to pass legislation ensuring youth are protected against he harmful and unnecessary risks of indoor tanning.
WHY INDOOR TANNING IS DANGEROUS FOR TEENS
Indoor tanning isn’t safe at any age. Tanning beds give off ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the same as the sun. UV rays are known to cause cancer. Some tanning beds can give off UV rays at levels that are five times stronger than the mid-day summer sun.
Tanning beds are in the same cancer-causing category as the dangerous chemicals found in cigarettes. There are a number of reasons why using indoor tanning equipment is especially risky for teens:
JENNA GAUBE IS FIGHTING BACK
Jenna Gaube feels that the tanning institutions and the government have not done a good enough job of explaining the risks of tanning, especially to youth.
She thinks that most young girls are concerned with looking good and assume that if tanning was really bad for them, there would be disclaimers, or warnings to emphasize these dangers, like there is for smoking. Read more about why Jenna has joined the fight...
Melanoma is a cancer that most often starts in the skin. The skin is the body’s largest organ. It protects the organs inside your body from injury, infection, heat and ultraviolet light from the sun. The skin helps control your body temperature and gets rid of waste materials through the sweat glands. It also makes vitamin D and stores water and fat. Read more...