Using a solarium for even a small amount of time can increase your chance of developing skin cancer.
To find out more about solarium tanning choose from the list below:
- What is a solarium and how do they work?
- What are the health risks of using a solarium?
- Ban of commercial solaria
A solarium (otherwise known as a sunbed, sunlamp or tanning booth) uses electricity to produce concentrated artificial ultraviolet (UV) radiation.
Solarium users either lie down on a UV bed, stand in front of a panel or angle a sun lamp over their skin.
The UV radiation causes skin cells to make a pigment called melanin, which makes the skin looked tanned.
Tanning happens more rapidly from a solarium compared to normal sun tanning because solariums emit UV radiation that is up to five times stronger than the midday sun.
The simple fact is that the more your skin is exposed to UV radiation the greater your risk of developing skin cancer - no matter what type of skin you have.
Solariums use artificial UVA and UVB radiation, and both are known to be directly responsible for causing skin cancer and prematurely ageing skin.
All types of UV radiation, whether from the sun or from a solarium, can damage your skin and increase your risk of developing skin cancer.
Exposure to UV radiation also increases your chance of developing cataracts and eye cancers.
As a result of clear evidence demonstrating the link between solarium use and skin cancer, in April 2015 the Western Australian Minister for Health, Dr Kim Hames, announced a ban on the commercial use of solaria in Western Australia. The changes to regulations to introduce the ban were published in the Western Australian Government Gazette on 9 October 2015, and the ban came into effect on 1 January 2016.
Commercial solaria is also banned in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland. There are no commercial solariums operating in the Northern Territory.