The Cancer Council has renewed its call for solariums to be banned in WA on the back of new research linking the "death beds" to thousands of common skin cancers, particularly among young people.
An international review of 12 studies found using a solarium increased the risk of non-melanoma skin cancer substantially, more so in people who used the tanning machines before age 25.
The risk of the most common skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, rose 29 per cent, and the risk of squamous cell carcinoma increased 67 per cent.
Researchers from the University of California warned in the British Medical Journal that solariums accounted for more than 170,000 cases of cancers a year in the US.
Queensland Institute of Medical Research cancer scientist Catherine Olsen said it was the first time a clear link had been found to basal cell carcinoma.
"The evidence is well and truly in - that sun beds are a cause of the three main types of skin cancer," she said.
WA introduced strict industry rules in 2008, banning sun beds for those aged under 18 and people with very fair skin, but the NSW Government is imposing a total ban from 2014.
Margaret Moy, from Spray Tan Perth, said she had seen a surge in clients, and not just teenage girls going to school balls, who wanted to get a tan safely."More men are coming in, too, and people in their 40s and 50s," she said.
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