March 7, 2013
The Melanoma Network of
(MNC) is pleased by the introduction today of a bill by the
government that will ban teens under age 18 from using indoor tanning equipment.
"Today's announcement is very welcome news," said MNC Chair,
. "By introducing this bill the
government is signalling that it is committed to the fight against skin cancer, and Melanoma in particular, and understands the serious risks posed by artificial tanning equipment. We have been pushing hard for this legislation and we're very pleased that the
government is taking action."
follows the lead of many other provinces, including
. Moreover, today's legislation builds upon the recent by-laws passed in
and in Peel Region that banned teens from tanning.
now joins many other countries with similar legislation, including
, as well as the majority of American states that have already enacted similar laws.
"It is our hope that the remaining provinces and territories will follow
lead and that a nation-wide ban on teen tanning will be in place soon," said Cyr. "We know that even limited exposure to tanning equipment in youth can greatly increase the risk of developing melanoma or other forms of skin cancer later in life, in some cases by up to 75 per cent. It is imperative that we take action now and I call on all parties to pass this bill as soon as possible."
Melanoma is one of the fastest-growing cancers worldwide, and can affect anyone regardless of sex, age or race. It is one of the most frequently-diagnosed cancers in
, affecting 5,800 people in 2012 and causing 970 deaths. The incidence of melanoma has been increasing for the past 30 years, more rapidly among men than any other cancer, and more rapidly among women than any other cancer except lung cancer.
About the Melanoma Network of Canada (MNC)
Melanoma Network of
(MNC) is a patient-led organization dedicated to the prevention and elimination of melanoma. Established in 2009 by a small group of patients and caregivers, the MNC works in collaboration with medical professionals, health care agencies and other stakeholders to educate, advocate and fund for early diagnosis and effective treatment of melanoma, education, prevention and awareness programs, relevant and innovative research, support for patients and an improved quality of life for those living with melanoma.
SOURCE Melanoma Network of