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Australian Study Finds Golfers at 240% Increased Risk of Skin Cancer

Australian Study Finds Golfers at 240% Increased Risk of Skin Cancer



 

Australian Study Finds Golfers at 240% Increased Risk of Skin Cancer.

According to a study conducted by the University of South Australia, golfers in Australia are at a 2.4 times higher risk of developing skin cancer compared to the general population, with one in every four golfers being diagnosed.

While golf has numerous health benefits, this research underscores the importance of sun protection for golfers.

 

Australian Study Finds Golfers at 240% Increased Risk of Skin Cancer

 

 

Golf is an inclusive sport that bridges generations, abilities, and backgrounds, offering a perfect blend of physical activity, social interaction, and outdoor enjoyment. However, before you tee off, think twice. The latest research from the University of South Australia reveals that golfers face a higher risk of developing skin cancer compared to the general population.

This collaborative study with global partners found that one in every four golfers has been diagnosed with skin cancer, indicating a 2.4 times higher risk for golfers compared to the general population.

This research marks the first exploration of skin cancer incidence among the Australian golfing population.

Dr. Brad Stenner, the lead researcher, emphasized the importance of sun protection on the greens. “Playing golf regularly has numerous health benefits – from keeping you fit and active to staying connected with friends,” Dr. Stenner stated. “For instance, if you walk a standard golf course, you cover at least five to seven kilometers per round, often lugging a bag of golf clubs. Many golfers play two to three rounds a week, highlighting the benefits for endurance, muscle tone, and overall health.”

“While golf offers clear health advantages, this study also delves into the risks associated with the sport, as golfers often spend four hours or more in the sun, requiring various sun protection measures. We found that 27% of golfers, or one in four, were diagnosed with skin cancer, whereas the general population had a rate of only 7%. So, while Australia does promote sun safety measures, especially during summer, it seems there may be room for improvement when it comes to golfers.”

Skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia each year, accounting for approximately 80% of all new cancer diagnoses. One in three cancers diagnosed globally is skin-related, with 2-3 million cases of non-melanoma skin cancer and 132,000 cases of melanoma skin cancer occurring worldwide annually.

“This study confirms that golfers face a higher risk of developing skin cancer. With this knowledge, golfers should take proactive steps to protect themselves,” Dr. Stenner advised. “My recommendation is to apply high SPF sunscreen before heading out for a round, wear a wide-brimmed hat and some form of sleeve or arm protection to ensure maximum coverage, and don’t forget to reapply sunscreen during the game. With these precautions, you can still enjoy your golf game safely.”

 

 

 

Australian Study Finds Golfers at 240% Increased Risk of Skin Cancer

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