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Welcome to sunbedban.com -
The anti-solarium campaign and melanoma awareness website
Who am I?
I am Jay Allen and I'm a melanoma survivor.
I was a truck driver working long hours, 6 to 7 days a week. Would go to the gym 5 days a week and I would occasionally use a solarium a few times a week. No harm in that right? Well that's what I thought.
Then when I was 32 years old in the prime of my life I was diagnosed with stage 3 Melanoma.
Isn't Melanoma just something that gets cut out on your skin? Wrong!
Not always the case!
Melanoma is a malignant tumor of melanocytes – cells that are responsible for the color of our skin.
In advanced cases, the tumors can be quite invasive and can spread to other parts of your body via your lymphatic system or blood stream. Most common sites it spreads to are the liver, bones, lymph nodes, and commonly to the brain.
I had a mole on my ankle that turned into a melanoma. After two major operations I found out the Melanoma had spread to one lymph node in my groin.
I was completely shocked and terrified. My surgeon was adamant that my solarium use contributed to my disease.
When I was using solariums I wasn't warned and didn't even get told to wear goggles. I had no idea what melanoma was. I had no idea that solariums were dangerous! and that every time I was using one I was cooking my skin, damaging cells that can not be replaced.
There is no room for these killing machines in a society that is big on cancer prevention.
I have now been campaigning for almost 4 years to ban solaria.
On 4th February 2012 Minister of Environment, The Hon Robyn Parker MP, announced that solaria will be banned in NSW from December 2014. On October 25th 2012 the South Australian Government announced a ban on solaria effective 2015 and on December 13th 2012 - The Victorian Government announced a ban on solaria effective December 31st 2014. Now three states on board - NSW, South Australia and Victoria!!
This is great news! But still more work needs to be done!
I will continue working on a national ban around Australia. Because the most important thing of all it will save many lives.
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