Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Unfair Price to Pay for Tan

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Unfair Price to Pay for Tan

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Byline: anne-louise brown

Di Paes would never dream of soaking up rays in a sun bed. She reckons a spray tan works just fine.

A beach baby from way back, Ms Paes, 53, of Maryborough, had to give up sunbaking after she was badly burned.

Using a solarium has never crossed her mind though. "With the spray tan I get a natural-looking tan without going in the sun at all," she said.

"I would never go to a solarium because they've been linked to causing cancer."

A team from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research has found tanning beds kill 43 Australians a year through melanoma and are responsible for 2600 skin cancer diagnoses every year.

They say legislation must be introduced by the Federal Government to ban or limit access to tanning solariums for people under 18 or with fair skin.

In September last year Claire Oliver, a 26-year-old Melbourne woman, died of melanoma caused by excessive sun bed use. Before her death Ms Oliver campaigned hard to restrict access to solariums. …

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