Results of Tas tanning survey alarming

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skin cancerAUSTRALIA - The Cancer Council is alarmed by a survey showing Tasmanian students are ignoring sun smart messages and becoming complacent about skin cancer.

The 2005 survey found most students suffered sunburn the previous summer and were resistant to protective measures such as wearing hats, clothes which cover the body, sunscreen and sunglasses.

It also found 80 per cent of young Tasmanians desire a light tan and increasing numbers of girls wear less clothing to expose their skin to the sun.

The Cancer Council's director of cancer services, Jean Dalgleish, says adolescence is a high-risk period for skin damage, which can lead to skin cancer later in life.

"Even a small amount of tanning, if this is done continually over a period of time [it] can damage the skin," she said.

"People even who don't burn that easily think because they don't burn that they're not damaging their skin, and that's not the facts unfortunately."

source - ABC  Net

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