Skin cancer banned for Quebec teenagers

by christinem on February 11, 2013 - 1:25am

On Sunday the 10th of February 2013, Quebec became officially Canada’s second province to ban the use of tanning beds for teenagers and young adults under the age of eighteen. The first province to take the lead in this field is Nova Scotia who banned the access to tanning bed for people who have not reached the age of nineteen. According to an article written and published on The Gazette’s website by the Canadian Press, on the 10th of February, 2013, the International Agency for Research on Cancer conducted a research in 2006 that proved that being exposed to tanning equipment available in salons such as tanning beds before the age of 35 dramatically increases the possibility of being affected by melanoma skin cancer. As a teenager and a young adult, I totally believe that banning tanning beds for teenagers is one of the wisest decisions Quebec’s government could have taken. Nowadays, young teenagers and adults are exposed to all sorts of influences, they are in a period where they are trying new things as well as being influenced by many people. Their definition of beauty is changing with time and they may take the decision of going to a tanning salon because they believe that this would make them more attractive or appealing at that specific period of their life. However, it would be terrible to imagine the future of someone who will suffer from cancer because at a certain time in their teenage hood they decided to go tanning just to look better and follow the trend!

Source: http://www.montrealgazette.com/health/Quebec+tanning+beds+youths/7945348/story.html

Link to the research: http://www.iarc.fr/en/publications/pdfs-online/wrk/wrk1/ArtificialUVRad&SkinCancer.pdf