Volume 95, Issue 74

Wednesday, February 13, 2002
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Huge tuition hike proposed by UWO

Engineering-gate? Money missing

No more NDP - no more low tuition in B.C.

Another day, another forum for Prez wannabes

Rock and Stewart unveil plan

Profile: Marc Raymond

Profile: Kevin Shipley

Tan your way to a prettier death

News Briefs

Tan your way to a prettier death

By Tom Kennedy
Gazette Writer

Despite a recent study that has shed new light on the safety risks of artificial tanning, at least one local salon says they do not plan to change their practices.

Led by Margaret Karagas, associate professor of community and family medicine at Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire, the study shows that people who use artificial tanning devices – bathing users in unltraviolet A and B rays – are at a higher risk of developing skin cancer.

According to the study, published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, use of tanning lamps were significantly more likely to cause two common types of skin cancer than not using tanning devices.

"[People who use the lamps] were 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma than those who did not use tanning lamps," reads the study.

"We spend quite a bit of time raising awareness," said Tom MacFarlane, director of administration for Western's Student Health Services.

Dina Shousher, manager of London's Hollywood Tan, said her salon does not provide any formal health warning.

"Basically, I'm their warning. Because of the laws in Canada, we don't have to have something stated," Shousher said.

First-year arts student Jenn Atkey said she believes tanning salons prefer to stress the image benefits in favour of expressing the health concerns.

"They only tell you the positive aspects of tanning," Atkey said, who artificially tans frequently.

Employees at Western's Cottage Tanning Co., located in the University Community Centre, declined comment.

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