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May Is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
Time to “Cover Up Before You Tee It Up”™
The Sun SafeTee® Program, a nonprofit organization that promotes sun protection and skin cancer prevention for golfers, suggests employing a comprehensive approach to sun protection. The motto of the Sun SafeTee Program is Cover Up, Before You Tee It Up which encourages using a sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 and one that has broad spectrum (UVA and UVB) coverage. A long sleeve shirt, long pants, wide brimmed hat and sunglasses also are valuable sun protection tools.
“This year two million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer,” shared Michael Kaminer, MD, a Board Certified Dermatologist and Sun SafeTee board member. “Since golfers spend a significant amount of time in the sun they are at a greater risk than the general public for developing skin cancer.” Sun SafeTee recommends that golfers visit a dermatologist at least once a year and more often if they have a history of skin cancer or precancerous lesions.
“The good news is that many forms of skin cancer are preventable or when caught early can be curable,” says Dr. Kaminer, an avid golfer with a single-digit handicap. “Being knowledgeable and doing a self-exam and/or visiting a Dermatologist can dramatically increase the likelihood of early detection and successful treatment. Education is key to both preventing skin cancer and for securing timely treatment.”
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More About Sun SafeTee
Founded by San Diego businessman and golfer Mark Wishner, Sun SafeTee is a 501(c)(3) non-profit sun protection and skin cancer awareness program designed specifically for the golf community. The organization focuses on Junior and Collegiate golfers and is a partner with the Golf Coaches Association of America and the National Golf Coaches Association, American Junior Golf Association as well as numerous regional and local associations. Sun SafeTee provides educational programs to golf professionals and golf organizations, distributes literature and sunscreen at tournaments and has produced multiple videos on sun protection for golfers. It has the endorsement of the National Council for Better Health Through Golf, best known as Doctors Orders: Play Golf. You can follow Sun SafeTee on Facebook and Twitter or visit their website at www.sunsafetee.org.