Study finding high rates of skin cancer backs call to tax solariums

Researchers reviewed 12 studies including more than 9000 cases of skin cancer, finding use of solariums increased the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 67% and basal cell carcinoma by 29% compared to never use.

The research comes as NSW pushes ahead with legislation to ban tanning salons by 2014 while Queensland is considering a similar move.

US expert Simon Williams of Chicago’s Northwestern University suggested the European Union should follow the US and introduce a tax on indoor tanning services.