6 Ways For Golfers to Avoid Becoming a Skin Cancer Statistic

6 Ways For Golfers to Avoid Becoming a Skin Cancer Statistic

We all know, or should know, that prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful rays will eventually catch up with as later in life. However, some alarming news from the National Cancer Institute reveals that cases of skin cancer are becoming more frequent in young people. In fact, since 1980 the number of incidents of skin cancer occurring in women under the age of 40 as increased by an unbelievable 50%. And 1 in 3 Caucasians will develop some form of skin cancer in their lives. With everything we know about UVA and UVB rays, how can this be? Golfers are especially prone to the disease by virtue of where and when golf is played. Below are some tips to help you avoid becoming one of the sad skin cancer statistics. Frankly, you would have to be an idiot not to follow them:

1) Lather up. Your first line of defense against the sun is sunscreen. Whatever brand you chose, make sure it has an SPF factor of at least 15. Apply 30 minutes before teeing off and every 2 hours after that. With so many varieties to chose from (spray, non-greasy, water resistant) golfers have no excuse for not lathering up before each round. And for crying out loud, don’t forget your lips. Yes they too are prone to skin cancer. What does Chap Stick or lip balm cost a buck?

2) Dawn the shades. Eyes are one of the most neglected organs on the body. They are very susceptible to the sun’s damaging rays and should be protected. Ensure that when you purchase your next pair of sunglasses that not only are they stylish and cool, but more importantly, they block at least 99% of the UVA and UVB rays that will be bombarding them all day long. And don’t forget to actually wear them. Your eyes will be forever grateful.

3) Dude nice lid. Bucket, ball cap, or Stetson. They all do the job. Whatever style or brand you use, wear it. And golf visors do not count. Your head needs full protection from the beating it takes from being exposed the direct sunlight. I’m amazed every time I go to a golf course and see people walking around without protection for their head. It’s moronic!

4) Dress for the occasion. Clothing manufacturers today are a technologically savvy bunch. The fabrics they use offer up much better SPF protection than in the past. Manufacturers weave their fabrics so tight that UV rays have a difficult time getting in. Some fabrics are even treated to give it that extra protective coat. However, not all golf clothing is created equally. You, the educated and knowledgeable consumer, will be required to ensure that each garment meets your SPF needs. Don’t be afraid to ask the sales staff. That’s what they are there for (not just to text each other).

5) Sunny with a 0% percent chance of rain? Bring your golf umbrella! They aren’t just for rain. Many umbrellas today employ UV protective technology that protects you, the golfer, from the sun. They can be easily attached to your push cart for a convenient way of providing UV-saving shade. Even on cloudy days, where 80% of the sun’s rays still reach you, the same precautions should be followed.

6) Get your butt out of bed early. Most golf tee times fall between 10am and 2pm. Coincidentally, that is the exact range where the sun is the most harmful. Not only can you save on your green fees but playing early or late in the day, you might save your own skin. But don’t be fooled into thinking that playing at off times precludes you from any of the above.

6 Ways For Golfers to Avoid Becoming a Skin Cancer Statistic

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