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New research finds Australians are still obsessed with getting a tan

Steve Mills
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New research has revealed that Australians still have an unhealthy obsession with getting a sun tan.

The Cancer Council found that 40 per cent still enjoy getting bronzed up, and 62 per cent liked having tanned skin.

Head of SunSmart Heather Walker told Millsy on 6PR Afternoons the figures were “a bit of a concern”.

“And I suppose what we’re also seeing is that a lot of people do use sun protection to prevent sunburn, that’s the reason they give for using sun protection, and a lot of people know that skin cancer’s a risk,” she said.

“But it seems the myths around tanning are persisting.

“So maybe people are just thinking that ‘Oh as long as I don’t get burnt it’s okay’ but actually a tan is a sign that your skin is already damaged, and that damage can lead to skin cancer over time.

“So it’s  really important to use sun protection, and ideally if you need to have a tan – fake it.”

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