Skin cancer and golf
- 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.2
- The majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over age 50.3
- Melanoma is one of only three cancers with an increasing mortality rate for men.4
How to Protect yourself
- Tee off at sunrise or in late afternoon.
- Whenever you can, seek shade on the course — stand under a tree or sit in your cart.
- The golden rule: Do Not Burn.
- Wear a hat with a brim extending three inches or more all the way around, shading your face, neck, ears, and shoulder tops.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, covering as much skin as possible.
- Wear wraparound sunglasses that block 99-100 percent of UV radiation, protecting the eye, eyelid, and surrounding areas.
- Remember to protect yourself on overcast days: Up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV radiation can penetrate clouds and harm your skin.
- Carry sunscreen with you, and reapply every two hours, immediately after sweating heavily, or at the ninth hole.
Apply a generous amount of water-resistant, broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher to all exposed areas 30 minutes before heading outside to play golf. Look for a sports sunscreen formula that is designed to stay put if you sweat and won’t run into the eyes and sting. An SPF 30+ lip balm will help protect your lips.
Courtesy of http://www.skincancer.org/healthy-lifestyle/outdoor-activities/golf.