BIGGA joins campaign to promote sun safety
BIGGA has signed up to support a sun protection campaign that will raise awareness of skin cancer, the UK's most common and fastest growing cancer.
Offering specialist tips and advice, the online resource will educate on the risks of overexposure to the sun to encourage better habits.
Devised by the Melanoma Fund, Slip! Slap! Swing! is supported by golf's largest organisations, including BIGGA, England Golf, Scottish Golf, Wales GOlf, The PGA, The GCMA and the Golf Society of Great Britain. All will be working collaboratively to promote a multi-national media campaign, targeting the UK's 4 million golfers.
Julia Newton-Bishop, Professor of Dermatology at the University of Leeds, said: "Overexposure to the sun can cause all types of skin cancers. However, it is sunburn that is scientifically-proven to increase the risk of melanoma by 50%, especially in those with skin which burns easily or with more moles than average. This vital campaign is a wake-up call - it is never too late to look after your skin."