According to a report from Wednesday (Oct. 23), skin cancer accounts "for over 80 percent of all new cases of cancer diagnosed in the country each year." That is a huge number, reportedly causing more than 2,000 deaths in 2011 alone.
The ban by Australian officials will be enforced from the end of next year, meaning salons will no longer be allowed to have the devices in place at that point. It's a huge step for the country and it shows other countries that it can definitely become a reality. In the United States it has only gone as far as a consideration of putting warnings on the devices, despite admissions that there is cancer risk involved in constant use.
Speaking about the move within his country, David Davis, Victoria's health minister stated that, "The clear weight of medical evidence supports a ban." This concurs with reports from the World Health Organization that has rated the ultraviolet radiation from the devices as a Class 1 carcinogen. A move to ban Australia tanning beds has also been met with disdain by business owners, some of which continue to claim that the devices can control UV better than being outdoors in the sun.
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