Golfers – You Have Skin in the Game

The PGA TOUR shares The Skin Cancer Foundation’s commitment to reaching men at risk with skin cancer prevention information. They debuted the awareness video below while being honored at the 2012 Skin Cancer Foundation Gala.

Skin Cancer Awareness

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  • * 65% of melanoma cases are associated with exposure to ultraviolet (UV)
    radiation from the sun.1
  • * Men over age 40 have the highest annual exposure to UV radiation.
  • * The majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are
    white men over age 50.
  • * Melanoma is one of only three cancers with an
    increasing mortality rate for men.

Prevention Guidelines for Golfers

Early / Late Tee Time: Tee off at sunrise or in late afternoon – avoid the sun at its most intense (between 10 am – 4 pm).

Seek the Shade: Whenever you can, seek shade on the course – stand under a tree or sit in your cart.

The Golden Rule: Do Not Burn.

Wide-Brim Hats: Wear a hat with a brim extending three inches or more all the way around, shading your face, neck, ears, and shoulder tops.

Long-Sleeve Shirts and Pants: Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, covering as much skin as possible.

UV Protective Sunglasses: Wear wraparound sunglasses that block 90-100 % of UV radiation protecting the eye, eyelid and surrounding areas.

Protect on Overcast Days: Remember to protect yourself on overcast days: Up to 80% of the sun’s UV radiation can penetrate clouds and harm your skin.

SPF: Apply a generous amount of water resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB/HVE) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all exposed areas 30 minutes before heading outside to play golf. An SPF 30+ lip balm will help protect your lips.

Reapply Sunscreen: Carry sunscreen with you, and reapply every 2 hrs, immediately after sweating heavily, or at the ninth hole. Look for The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation.

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