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May is Skin Cancer Awareness MonthR U Ready?
The dermatology community has designated May as Skin Cancer Awareness Month. While using good sun protection is important year round, since we are on the doorstep of summer and people are starting to plan their summer activities, it is a good time to reinforce and educate on the importance of sun protection.
Many people will say that they practice good sun protection but the evidence suggests otherwise. The incidence of skin cancer and in particular melanoma, the deadly form of skin cancer, continues to rise in this country. Clearly a disconnect is taking place.
Due to the extended amount of time that golfers and people who work in the golf industry spend in the sun, it is imperative to learn and engage in good sun protection skills. Skin cancer is the most prolific form of cancer, but it is also the most preventable and education is the key.
Skin cancer is not the only consequence of being in the sun. Overexposure to UV rays can cause sun damage and premature aging of the skin (wrinkles). Nobody wants to look older than they are, but yet they put themselves at risk all the time by not being properly protected in the sun.
One of the beautiful things about the game of golf is that it is based on personal responsibility; learning and using good sun protection techniques is our personal responsibility.
When most people think sun protection, they think sunscreen. While sunscreen is an important part of a good sun protection strategy, clothing is actually your best protection in the sun. That is why we say "Cover Up Before You Tee It Up™"
New technical fabrics have UPF or Ultraviolet Protection Factor Ratings. UPF ratings tell you how well a particular garment will protect against UVA and UVB rays. Many of these garments also moisture wick so they can help keep you cool in the sun.
UPF 50 means that garment allows 1/50th of the UV rays to penetrate or in other words it blocks 98% of UV rays. UPF 30 means the garment allows 1/30th of UV rays to penetrate or it blocks approximately 97% of the UV rays.
For non UPF rated garments, choose those with dark colors and a tight weave for the best protection.
The traditional golf cap provides minimal sun protection and only of the face. Wearing a wide brim hat helps protect your face, ears, neck and scalp.
Don't forget to protect your eyes with a pair of UV absorbing sunglasses and ones that protect the area around your eyes.
Sun SafeTee sponsor Iconic Sport
makes a great line of UV protective clothing, including sun sleeves to protect your arms and keep them cool when wearing short sleeve shirts.Link to Iconic Sport