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Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, but it’s also one of the most preventable. Exposure to UV rays – whether from the sun’s rays, tanning beds or sun lamps – increases the risk for non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers. There is no safe way to get a tan. To reduce your risk of getting skin cancer, do not use artificial tanning equipment such as tanning beds or sun lamps.
Indoor tanning in Quebec
Protecting Quebecers from the harmful effects of artificial tanning
On February 11, 2013, An Act to prevent skin cancer caused by artificial tanning, for which the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) – Quebec Division fought so passionately, entered into force. Click here to find out about other gains made by the CCS to protect Quebecers from the harmful effects of artificial UV rays.
Despite the fact that in 15 years the number of melanomas in Quebec has doubled and the social costs of all skin cancers put together have reached nearly $100 million in 2004, the sale of artificial tanning services is still not taxed.Click here to find out about the CCS – Quebec Division’s demands.
Great progress has been made
Some cancers, such as thyroid and testicular, have survival rates of over 90%. Other cancers, such as pancreatic, brain and esophageal, continue to have very low survival rates.