Hervey Bay Independent : Indy 15th January 2015
Deadly tanning tech banned across state A Hervey Bay beauty therapist and business owner has commended the new regulations banning commercial use solariums. Summer Jade’s Angela Park said people should protect their skin from harmful UV rays and that solariums were dangerous because they were harsher than the sun. GENTLE POSTURAL & STRUCTURAL BALANCING Karen Sonter Ortho-Bionomy® Ortho-Bionomy® is a gentle form of bodywork which works with the natural patterns held within the muscles, joints and connective tissues of the body and can aid in: Lower back pain Frozen shoulder Knee, ankle & foot problems Headaches & migraines Prevention of sporting injuries Neck & shoulder pain Elbow, wrist & hand problems General stiffness & immobility Whiplash Increased endurance Developed by an Osteopath, it is like no treatment you’ve had before - treating pain with comfort! MENTION THIS ADVERT AND RECEIVE A 25% DISCOUNT FOR NEW CLIENTS D Search for Karen Sonter Ortho-Bionomy® Ask for Karen at Hervey Bay Massage Suite 6, 40 Torquay Road, Pialba Phone 4124 1607 As of December 31, 2014, commercial solarium use has been banned across Queensland, coinciding with the introduction of commercial bans in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Here in our corner of South East Queensland, we have some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the developed world. Yet, despite the obvious dangers of exposure to UV radiation, solariums or “sun beds” have been a popular form of convenience tanning for decades. Solariums use special UV lamps behind a glass-like surface called plexiglass that are situated both above and below the user. The lights shine concentrated, artifi cial UV rays onto the user’s skin, emulating the effect of the sun. As a result, the skin releases melanin to protect itself and in doing so creates a tan. Solariums can emit UV radiation that is much stronger and causes more damage to skin cells than even the midday summer sun. Research shows that people who use solariums before the age of 35 increase their Solariums are estimated to be responsible for nearly 300 new cases of melanoma, 43 melanoma-related deaths and 2572 new cases of squamous cell carcinoma each year in Australia. risk of developing melanoma by 75 per cent. The risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma is more than twice that of non-users, regardless of their age. Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift commended the Queensland Health Minister for his leadership in helping to save Queensland lives from skin cancer. “The ban is a major achievement that will protect Queenslanders from unsafe exposure to the harmful effects of ultra-violet radiation from tanning beds,” Ms Clift said. “Solarium use can be lethal, and every user of a sun bed places themselves at increased risk of an early death from preventable skin cancer. Exposure to UV radiation is not safe – this ban sends a strong message to Queenslanders that tanning is dangerous, and can cut your life short.” Despite the signifi cant achievement of a commercial ban on the use of solariums in Queensland, as yet there are no restrictions on private purchase or use of the dangerous tanning technology. “Queenslanders may be using solariums in their own home without supervision, increasing their personal risk of skin cancer,” Ms Clift said. “In the interest of public health and saving Queensland lives, we need a ban on private possession and use to be urgently considered by the State Government.” Investing in healthy vision Guide Dogs Queensland will run a free Vision Assessment and Management Service at the Hervey Bay Community Health Centre at Pialba on January 27. Residents living with a vision impairment are encouraged to visit the free Low Vision Clinic between 9am-12pm at the end of the month for the latest information and advice on low vision aids, orientation and mobility, adaptive technologies and optometrist assessment for hand-held magnifi ers. For those who can’t make the January 27 date, the clinic will return to the Bay on April 21, July 21 and October 20, 2015. The Queensland Eye Institute estimates that every week, at least 300 Australians are diagnosed with a vision-threatening eye condition, many of which are easily preventable if identifi ed and treated early. The Vision Assessment and Management Service’s Low Vision Clinic provides free access to an optometrist and allows the opportunity for people concerned about their eye sight to speak with a representative from Guide Dogs Queensland and be formally assessed for services. 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