PATTY Delaney is delighted the warnings about skin cancer appear to be working.
The Cancer Council's regional manager said new figures released by the organisation showed most teenagers didn't try to get a tan last summer.
The data was released to coincide with National Skin Cancer Action Week this week.
"It's really great news that messages about skin cancer and sun protection are starting to connect with young people in the Mid North Coast region," Ms Delaney said.
Findings from the Cancer Council's National Sun Survey showed that while most teenagers still perceived a tan as desirable, 68 per cent did not deliberately try to get a tan last summer.
The study also found that 90 per cent of teenagers are now aware of the risk of skin cancer through sun exposure.
According to Ms Delaney, young people on the Mid North Coast are being more proactive about taking care in the sun than their adult counterparts.
"Interestingly, the survey found that more teenagers are using sunscreen than adults," she said.
"However, the percentages are still low, with 37 per cent of teens and 33 per cent of adults applying regularly.
"Young people in the Mid North Coast region should really be praised for the positive results so far, but unfortunately, it's not all good news. We were alarmed to learn that 25 per cent of teenagers are still getting sunburnt on a typical summer weekend. Every Australian needs to protect them- selves from the sun."