Co-funded by Cancer Institute NSW, 'Improve Your Long Game' aims to help keep members protected from the sun by providing free sunscreen pump stands and information resources at the clubhouse and on the course.
Brenna Smith, Cancer Council NSW Community engagement manager said: "Men over the age of 40 are 1.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with melanoma, and around twice as likely to die from it, compared to women of a similar age.”
"Recreational golfers spend extended periods of time outdoors in an environment that has minimal shade and is highly reflective of UV from surrounding surfaces like grass, sand and water. Unprotected sun exposure puts them at high risk of sunburn, skin damage and skin cancer.”
Smith said it was never too late to start using sun protection and melanoma was preventable by applying and reapplying sunscreen, wearing a broad-brimmed hat, long-sleeves and sunglasses.
Coffs Harbour Golf Club President Russ McConchie is leading the field by staying sun-safe.
"I'm proud that Coffs Harbour Golf Club will take part in Cancer Council NSW's 'Improve Your Long Game' program, I'll be donning long sleeves, a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses every time I play and I want our club members to do the same,” McConchie said.
In most of NSW, UV levels are high enough to require sun protection for most of the year. Cancer Council NSW encouraged golfers to wear UV protective clothes, hats and sunglasses ans seek shade wherever possible on the course.
Coffs Harbour Golf Club is one of more 100 clubs across NSW participating in the 'Improve Your Long Game' program in 2018.
For more information on skin cancer prevention and the 'Improve Your Long Game' program, visit cancercouncil.com.au/longgame.