MAFS, it is time for a reality check on solariums.
7 February 2020
Dear MAFS fans, we need to talk.
Who watched newly-wed Natasha last night rattling off her weekly ‘beauty’ routine to husband Mikey? ‘Botox, fillers, nails, hair…facials,massages, fat freezing, solarium…’
Please tell me I didn’t just hear ‘solarium’? Hearing a vibrant and educated 26 year old, with her life and world ahead of her, so casually mention her solarium use should have sent chills up your spine.
And this is why:
1. Solarium use greatly increases your risk of deadly melanoma – conclusive research on patients under 40 showed those who'd had more than 10 solarium visits in their life had up to a seven-times greater risk of developing melanoma.
2. Melanoma kills one Australian every five hours, and is the most common cancer affecting 15 to 39 year old Ausssies.
3. Commercial solariums are illegal across Australia – Melanoma Institute Australia research was integral in them being banned due to the clear link between solarium use and melanoma.
Natasha didn’t detail where she uses the solarium, but odds are there was one backyard operator sitting on their couch last night breathing a big sigh of relief that their illegal underground commercial sunbed operation wasn’t outed on national television.
Natasha’s weekly ‘beauty’ routine has today been discussed, dissected and debated online, on social media and on radio, mainly for laughs. But this is a serious issue, a potentially deadly one in fact.
The research is clear that whatever type of solarium you're using, in a home or an illegal backyard commercial operation - none of them are safe.
At a time when families across Australia are preparing to take part in Melanoma March events in memory of loved ones they have lost to melanoma, it was confronting, but most of all sad, to see a young woman choosing to put her health at risk for a tan.
It is time all Australians took melanoma seriously, including reality TV shows that air such comments so flippantly. Surely the lives of young Australians are more valuable than that.
Matthew Browne - CEO, Melanoma Institute Australia
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