SAN DIEGO -- "The best gift you can get a golfer for Father's Day is a wide brim hat or a big tube of SPF 30 sunscreen" said Mark Wishner the founder and President of The Sun SafeTee Program. "Unfortunately most people don't think of those things as gifts, but the reality is that given the increasing rates of skin cancer in this country, you would be doing the golfer in your family a big favor."
This year in the United States over three million skin cancers will be diagnosed. Since golfers spend a significant amount of time in the sun not only playing golf but also practicing, they may be at a higher risk than the general population for developing skin cancer. Approximately 12,000 people will die from skin cancer, primarily from melanoma.
Wearing a wide brim hat that helps cover your ears and neck and using a good sunscreen with a SPF of 30 should be the foundation of a sun protection strategy. The Sun SafeTee Program also recommends wearing a long sleeve shirt and long pants. Many people think long sleeve shirts and pants would be too hot to wear out on a summer day, but there are new fabrics that are very comfortable and actually help you feel cool on the course, while protecting you from the sun's UV rays. Those clothes usually have a UPF rating which is a system of measuring a fabric's UV blocking capability, much like SPF is for sunscreen. You can add a product like SunSleeves (Iconic Sport) to short sleeve polo to give your arms needed sun protection and the moisture wicking feature helps to keep you cool.
Wishner added, "When it comes to using sunscreen, the important thing to remember is that most sunscreens only last for two hours, so it is important to reapply them. That is why we say, "Don't burn…Reapply at the turn®". For non golfers the turn is the halfway point in a round of golf and is between the 9th and 10th holes on the golf course.
"By getting your golfer a Father's Day gift that they can use to protect themselves from the sun's UV rays, you are not only doing them a favor, you are letting them know you care about them" said Wishner.
The Sun SafeTee Program is a non-profit sun protection education and skin cancer awareness program designed specifically for the golf community. The program provides educational seminars to golf professionals and the public, distributes sun protection information and sunscreen samples at various golf events. They are partners with Golf Coaches Association, The National Golf Coaches Association and The American Junior Golf Association.
For more information about the program or to make a tax deductible donation visit: http://www.sunsafetee.org/ and you can follow Sun SafeTee on facebook.