UK Golf News 13th May, 2020 by ukclubgolfer.co.uk
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the UK, with over 100,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Unfortunately, golfers are the most susceptible to many types of skin cancer due to the amount of prolonged time they spend in a highly reflective environment, which is your typical golf course. It is thought that golfers receive an estimated 217 times the amount of UV radiation required to cause sunburn over the course of a year. With many golfers displaying a ‘very casual’ approach to sun protection, the Melanoma Fund are stepping in to make clubs and players aware of the risks they face when heading out on to the course without protection.
The ‘Slip! Slap! Swing!’ sun protection campaign was officially launched by the Melanoma Fund last year and has enjoyed great success, with nine leading golf organisations coming on board, whilst also recruiting two PGA professional ambassadors. Advice was shared on the campaign’s website, golf clubs displayed awareness posters and were urged to promote sun protection to their members.
To continue to build on the inroads they are making, the Melanoma Fund is now asking for golf clubs across the country to champion the campaign and protect their members from the risks of melanoma by becoming Sun Protection Accredited. The challenge will go live from May 2, 2020 and the key aims will be to heighten awareness and responsibility from within each club, creating a positive and measurable impact on the sun protection habits of their members and staff.
“We will be working closely with our official supporters to encourage as many clubs as possible to get involved,” said Michelle Baker, CEO of the Melanoma fund. “Our aim is to reach all 2,000 golf clubs in the UK, offering incentives such as free sunscreen and publicity to help smooth the fairway to success!”
Accredited golf clubs will demonstrate that they’re prepared to deliver the very best health and safety practice regarding skin cancer prevention. Managers will be encouraged to survey sun protection habits at either end of the season, monitoring the impact of their involvement, and encouraged to share this data to raise awareness of their commitment and impact. As well as this, throughout the campaign, golfers affected by melanoma and other forms of skin cancer will be encouraging fellow golfers to rethink their habits with a video campaign entitled ‘A golfer like me’.
Working with ambassador and melanoma sufferer, PGA Pro Jamie Cundy, a set of videos will be released on the May 2, 2020 for golfers to realise the dangers of ignoring the sun.
To get your club involved, visit www.melanoma-fund.co.uk/golf for further details.