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SOLARIUMS & SKIN CANCER

One by one, the states of this nation are falling into line. South Australia is the next cab off the rank. Before it, was New South Wales. Queensland looks set to follow and the pressure is on Victoria to do what its close neighbours have done.

From 2014 in New South Wales and 2015 in South Australia, solariums will be outlawed and the businesses that promote and sell sunbed use have been put on notice to phase them out and find a new way to make a living. And thus, we could be seeing the beginning of the end nationally, of ...

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3 Comments

  • Reply November 5, 2012

    WM

    Its funny how skin cancer has increased with modern life. Does it seem counter-intuitive to others that the more money we spend on medical research and pharmaceuticals the more people have cancer? The more specialised, and distant from nature, we get as a society the worse our health gets. Ahh Hello? If something doesn’t work, don’t do more of it, do something different. Pay as at least as much attention to your internal hygiene as much as you do to your external hygiene and you may find interesting results. Vitamin D comes from the sun and healthy people across the eons have had it in spades. The more we learn the less we seem to know…

  • Reply November 5, 2012

    JessB

    I like the idea of reducing the incidence of melanoma, but banning sunbeds seems way too extreme for me. I use sunbeds occasionally, to treat a skin disease I have. It flares up sometimes (maybe 3-4 times a year) and I’ll use a sun bed for 5 minutes 2 or 3 times a week for about a month to get it back under control. I am not the only person I know who does this, so what are we going to do if all the sunbeds go? The cost of buying one for personal use is a bit steep! Not to mention where to put it when I’m not using it.

    Also, I’m interested that Professor McArthur says that the best times to get vitamin D (“between 6 and 9 in the morning and between 5 and 8pm”) are “not exactly convenient”. Uh, that’s when most people are on their way to school or work! It just means leaving your hat off as you walk the kids to school, or getting off the bus 1 stop earlier for a longer walk to work. What about a walk with the family and the dog before or after dinner? I would think that these are actually times that are MOST convenient for people to get some uninterrupted sun.

  • Reply November 5, 2012

    ro.watson

    When our own skins started burning with the suntans we had to have~ and then peeling~we knew it was bad…

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