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Cancer Council encourages teens to celebrate their 'original skin'

Thursday 14 July, 2011

Cancer Council Australia has launched its annual SunSmart competition for teens, calling on all Aussie kids aged 12 to 17 years to get creative showing off their original skin.

To go in the running for some great prizes Cancer Council Australia is asking teens to create a short film, image or creative writing piece that shows why untanned skin is in this summer.

Cancer Council Australia CEO, Professor Ian Olver, said many young Australians still spent too much time in the sun unprotected despite the risk of skin cancer.

"We know many teens think that a glowing tan is a sign of health. But there is nothing healthy about a tan; it's your body's way of telling you that your skin cells are in trauma and puts you at risk of being one of the 10,300 Australians diagnosed with a potentially fatal melanoma each year," Professor Olver said.

Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, with two in every three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70.

Through this competition, Cancer Council is challenging teens to show their friends that natural skin is in and tanning is out.

"More Australians are beginning to understand the effects tanning has on their skin, but we have a long way to go, especially in convincing younger people," Professor Olver said.

"We want teens to show us that they know better and that they are proud of their natural skin."

Original Skin competition prizes include:

  • First Prize: Slazenger sports packs valued at $520 each
  • Second Prize: iLuv Audio Cube iPad Speaker Docks, also compatible with iPhone and iPod valued at $180 each
  • Third Prize: Moosehead urban hair packs valued at $65 each

Schools that enter five or more entries will go in the draw to win a Star Outdoor Marquee with their school's name on it.

Visit for all the details. Entries close at 5pm on Friday 30 September.