11 February 2015
New Zealand sadly has the highest reported melanoma incidence
rate of any country. On average, 325 New Zelanders will die from
melanoma every year, making it the sixth most common cause of death
by cancer in this country.
These unfortunate statistics are in no way helped by the
availability of tanning booths and sunbeds. The World Health
Organisation estimates that sunbed use before the age of 35
increases the risk of melanoma by 75%. The Bill's proposed
prohibition on artificial UV tanning services to persons under 18
represents a positive step forward in preventing melanomas that are
so prevalent in New Zealand.