Golf: You've Got 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 and Golfers

  • 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


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 and 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 99-100 percent of UV radiation, protecting the eye, eyelid, and surrounding areas.

  • Protection on Overcast Days


    Remember to protect yourself on overcast days: Up to 80 percent of the sun's UV radiation can penetrate clouds and harm your skin.

  • SPF 30+ Sunscreen


    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.

  • Reapply Suncreen


    Carry sunscreen with you, and reapply every two hours, immediately after sweating heavily, or at the ninth hole. Look for a sunscreen with The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of RecommendationDon’t forget to apply sunscreen to frequently over- looked spots, such as the scalp (there are sunscreens designed specifically for this area), the backs of the hands and neck, and the ears.

  • > REFERENCES

    1. 65% of melanoma cases are associated with exposure to UV radiation from the sun. Armstrong BK, Kricker A. How much melanoma is caused by sun exposure? Mel Res 1993 December 3(6):395-401.

    2. Men over age 40 have the highest annual exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Godar DE, Urbach F, Gasparro FP, Van der Leun JC. UV doses of young adults. Photochem Photobiol 2003; 77(4):453-457.

    3. The majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over age 50. National Cancer Institute. SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Melanoma of the Skin. Link. Accessed January 24, 2011.

    4. Melanoma is one of only three cancers with an increasing mortality rate for men. Jemal A, Siegel R, Xu J, Ward E. Cancer statistics 2010. CA-Cancer J Clin 2010. Link. Accessed November 1, 2010.

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Medical Reviewer: Steven M. Rotter, MD