Anti-solarium campaigners call for banning of 'death-beds'
Friday, 14 September 2012
Produced by Tess Gilfedder
With increasing evidence that solariums cause skin cancer, a group of doctors and researchers are calling on state governments to take action. Solariums have already been banned in New South Wales, and the rest of the country may soon follow suit.
It was 2007 when Jay Allen first noticed a mole on his ankle. It was diagnosed as a melanoma and promptly removed, but things escalated quickly. Jay's story is a common one. The Cancer Council estimate that each year in Australia 281 new melanoma cases and 43 melanoma-related deaths are attributable to solarium use. (PHOTO SOURCE flickr user:whatshername)
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Jay Allen - Founder, sunbedban.com
Jen Makin - Manager, Sunsmart
Professor Michael Henderson - Co-chair, Skin and Melanoma Service, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Melanoma & Skin Cancer Service, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
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