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AMA Victoria welcomes State Government’s commitment to ban solariums

14 December 2012

The Victorian Premier, Ted Baillieu, and Health Minister, David Davis, announced on Thursday that commercial sun-tanning beds will be banned by December 31, 2014.

The legislation was introduced to reduce the harm and risks of developing skin cancer as a result of its use.

Australia is a sun-drenched-country and has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world. It is estimated that solarium use can be attributed to 281 melanoma cases, 43 melanoma-related deaths and 2572 new cases of squamous cell carcinoma every year.

AMA Victoria President, Dr Stephen Parnis, believes the State Government has made the right decision.

“The AMA has wanted to see this initiative implemented for sometime and I’m encouraged the Baillieu Government has made a positive stand,” he said.

Many within the solarium industry have indicated they will fight the ban and argue it will cause people to sunbake outdoors and will destroy the salon industry.

It has even been reported, via the media, that a sun-bed buy-back scheme is needed to stop rogue operators running illegal solarium businesses from private and/or illegal locations.

“I know some people have a vested interest in this, but the statistics don’t lie. Solariums are a major contributor to skin cancer and this decision is, indeed, the correct one,’ said Dr Parnis.

AMA Victoria President and Emergency Physician, Dr Stephen Parnis, is available to comment.

For further information please contact Luke Buesnel on 0437 450 506.

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