Sporting venues as bad as beaches for sunburn

FRASER Coast residents are at the same risk of being sunburnt at sporting venues as they are at their local river or beach, a Cancer Council survey has found.

Some 22% of Australians spending time at sports grounds and centres reported sunburn - just as high as those who hit the beach, local lake or river and got burnt, according to the National Sun Protection Survey.

Sunburn rates were also scorching in public parks and gardens (12%), backyard pools (11%) and at home or a friend's place (10%).

Cancer Council Queensland spokeswoman Katie Clift said every day about 370 Queenslanders were told they had skin cancer - that's 136,000 new cases diagnosed every year.

"In Wide Bay Burnett alone, around 156 new cases of melanoma are diagnosed each year," she said.

"It's important to remember that the Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide message doesn't only apply at the beach.

"Sun protective behaviours are required whenever the UV Index is three or above.

"In Queensland, the UV Index is three or above all year round, so sun protection is required daily.

"Slip on Sun protective clothing, slop on SPF30 or above broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen, slap on a broad-brimmed hat, seek shade and slide on wrap-around sunglasses whenever you are outdoors."

Queenslanders are urged to conduct skin checks regularly and if any new moles or spots are detected, or a mole or spot changes in shape, colour or size, they should visit their GP immediately.

For more information about Cancer Council Queensland and being SunSmart, visit www.cancerqld.org.au or phone Cancer Council Helpline 131 120.