Cancer Council applauds popularity of beach huts amid high skin cancer rates in Queensland

The growing popularity of beach huts can be frustrating for lifeguards who monitor the coast, but the Cancer Council says it’s a sign that more people are sheltering from the sun, but warns that UV radiation can still affect those under shelter.

Chair of the council’s skin cancer committee, Professor Anne Cust, said bringing portable shade during a visit to the beach was a good option, but people should take extra precautions.

“Portable shade or existing structures are a great way to protect yourself from the dangers of UV radiation,” said Professor Cust.

“But it’s just one of the things we can do to stay safe in the sun. You’ll still get some UV radiation from the glare.

“You still have to do the other aspects of sliding, tilting, slapping, seeking and sliding.”

Along with looking for shade, this also includes wearing protective clothing, putting on sunscreen, putting on a hat, and putting on some sunglasses.

Huts foiling lifeguards

Queensland surf lifeguards said shelters set up too close together on crowded beaches were making shore access difficult and blocking visibility.

Cancer Council applauds popularity of beach huts amid high skin cancer rates in Queensland

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