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Practicing Effective Melanoma Prevention

Effective prevention of melanoma is two-fold: First, reduce and limit UV (ultraviolet) exposure both from natural sunlight and artificial (e.g., tanning beds) sources; Second, identify and diagnose melanoma as early as possible. Take Note: although research suggests that the majority of melanomas -nearly 90% - are considered to be preventable, research also indicates that neither mucosal melanoma nor ocular melanoma are linked to UV exposure or considered preventable. Primary Prevention – The First Line of Defense Primary prevention focuses on reducing and limiting exposure to UV radiation. This includes UV from sunlight and artificial sources, such as tanning beds. Following and combining the guidelines below will greatly reduce your risk of developing melanoma. Generously Apply Sunscreen To All Exposed Skin...

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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. Men over age 40 have the highest annual exposure to UV radiation. The majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over age 50. Melanoma is one of only three cancers with an increasing mortality rate for men. Prevention Guidelines for Golfers 1. Early / Late Tee Time Tee off at sunrise or in late afternoon — avoid the sun at its most intense (between...

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Skin cancer: The not-so-hidden danger on the course

It’s not the water hazard on the back side, or that bunker in front of No. 18 that’s the biggest opponent on the course. It’s the sun. Who cares if you get a little sunburn? How bad can it be? The reality of this seemingly little discomfort is far worse than the pain involved in healing from a sunburn. Skin cancer in all of its forms can be disfiguring and fatal if left untreated. The problem most golfers have in protecting themselves is with sunscreen and the slippery residue left on their hands after applying. If the residue gets on your grips, they can be harder to hold on to than an oil-soaked baby seal. With this in mind, there...

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