The Cancer Council says WA risks developing a market for "solarium tourism" if it fails to join a nationwide ban on tanning beds.
It comes as the Queensland Government announced yesterday that it would ban all commercial tanning beds from December 31 next year.
Queensland's move means WA is the only State that has not outlawed commercial tanning.
Cancer Council spokesman Terry Slevin said there was a clear link between the use of tanning beds and the development of skin cancer.
"My worry is that as the machine becomes obsolete in other places . . . people may see the opportunity to increase the numbers available here because they can be picked up cheaply," Mr Slevin said.
"It's not a difficult concept to suggest these machines are injurious and dangerous to health."
Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said under the ban the State's 44 solarium operators would receive $1000 compensation for each tanning bed removed.
State governments began moving to ban solariums after research suggested their use increased the risk of developing skin cancer by 20 per cent.
The cancer risk increases to 59 per cent if a person uses solariums before they turn 35.
"They're listed as a class-one carcinogen - the more someone uses a solarium, the greater their risk of skin cancer," Mr Slevin said. "The UV in a solarium machine can be three to five times greater than what we experience in the midday summer sun."
Mr Slevin said the council would urge Health Minister Kim Hames to implement a ban in WA, with similar standards to those established in other States.
"We'll continue to encourage them to follow suit and join the nationwide ban," he said. "It makes no sense for WA to be the only place in the country where these things are legal."
Dr Hames said he was following the interstate developments and would discuss the possibility of a nationwide ban with other Health Ministers early next month.
'It's not a difficult concept to suggest these machines are injurious and dangerous to health.' " Cancer Council spokesman *Terry Slevin *