Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US, and one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. Think about this: each year there are more new cases of skin cancer than cancers of the breast, prostate, lung and colon combined.
PGA TOUR® Professional Brian Davis: Skin Cancer Foundation Ambassador
Brian Davis is a professional golfer who has been playing the PGA TOUR since 2007. You may recognize him as the golfer who famously called a penalty on himself during a playoff at Hilton Head in 2010; upholding the honor of the game and further endearing himself to the public. As an ambassador to The Skin Cancer Foundation, Brian also knows that proper sun protection is just as important as the clubs in his bag.
At just 37 years old, Brian has already been treated for several skin cancers. Growing up in the UK, “we just didn’t wear sun protection,” Brian recalls. But when he and his family settled in Florida, they heard a lot about the damage the sun can do. So when his wife noticed a discolored spot on his neck, he went to a dermatologist, who confirmed that the spot was a basal cell carcinoma. He’s since been treated for two additional skin cancers. Today, Brian is a pro at sun protection as well as golf. He sees his dermatologist every six months — sooner if he notices changes to an existing spot.
Brian always wears UV-blocking sunglasses, a hat, and broad-spectrum high SPF (usually 50+) sunscreen. Take it from Brian:
“There’s always a way to protect yourself. You’ve got to take those extra couple of minutes to get ready.”
Prevention Guidelines for Golfers
|Tee off at sunrise or in late afternoon — avoid the sun at its most intense (between 10 AM and 4 PM).|
|Whenever you can, seek shade on the course — stand under a tree or sit in your cart.|
|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.|
|Apply a generous amount of a 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.|
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 Recommendation.
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to frequently overlooked spots, such as the scalp (there are sunscreens designed specifically for this area), the backs of the hands and neck, and the ears. An SPF 30+ lip balm will help protect your lips.
Look for a sports sunscreen formula that is designed to stay put if you sweat and won’t run into the eyes and sting.
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