France Gélinas, the NDP Health and Long-Term Care Critic and MPP for Nickel Belt, says the NDP’s Skin Cancer Prevention Act, will protect children under 18 from using potentially deadly indoor tanning equipment and will save the health care system precious dollars in years to come by reducing the risk of cancer.
“I’m happy to work with all parties to get real results that protect Ontario’s children and reduce the risk of cancer,” said Gelinas. “This is a simple and long overdue step that will help families, reduce the risk of cancer and ensure health care dollars can be saved in decades to come.”
“Indoor tanning has a direct link to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. For far too long, tanning salons have targeted youth through advertising and marketing in yearbooks and before prom and graduation,” said Gélinas.
According to a report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer the use of indoor tanning equipment before the age of 35 raises the risk of developing melanoma by 75 percent. The Skin Cancer Prevention Act has received widespread support from health experts and Ontarians.
“Experts agree that prevention is one of the best ways to save precious health care dollars. I’m proud to be part of a New Democrat team getting real results that protect the health of Ontario’s children and youth,” said Gélinas.