Slip! Slap! Swing! Sun protection campaign for golfers

Lowering your skin cancer risk should be as important as lowering your handicap.

Golf Clubs urged to get sun savvy

The Slip! Slap! Swing! sun protection campaign for golf launched last year, and is back with a new challenge. The Melanoma Fund – the charity behind the campaign – aims to get 500 golf clubs in the UK and Ireland ‘Sun Protection Accredited’ in 2020 and we are delighted to be on board and help spread awareness. Supported by 11 leading golf organisations* and in collaboration with the Irish Cancer Society, their mission will be to transform sun protection in golf to tackle the rapid rise of melanoma and other forms of skin cancer within the sport.

Rationale

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in Ireland with over 11,000 cases diagnosed annually. It is estimated that between 2015-2045 the incidence of skin cancer will almost double.  Global cases will reach nearly half a million (466,914) by 2040, an increase of 62% on 2018 figures.

Getting involved

Skin cancer is however preventable, and by becoming Sun Protection Accredited, golf clubs can help members and all staff improve their sun protection habits and knowledge. Supported with free resources and up-to-date advice, involvement is quick, free, easy and achieved by pledging five actions:

  1. Nominate a Sun Pro Ambassador; promoting the campaign to members/staff.
  2. Add a sun protection statement to Terms & Conditions of play/Health & Safety policy.
  3. Display awareness posters and promote the campaign internally, and externally on socials.
  4. Ensure sunscreen is available in the club, either for sale or for complimentary use.
  5. Display the Sun Protection Accreditation logo – both digitally and in the club.

A golfer like me

Golfers affected by all types of skin cancer have come forward to tell their stories, encouraging others to understand the reality of skin cancer and how it can affect anyone. They have also worked with the campaign’s ambassador; PGA Pro Jamie Cundy to produce a number of short videos which will launch throughout June on social media. See Philip’s story below.

Say’s Michelle Baker, CEO of the Melanoma Fund; “Small, measurable actions by many, help create big impact, so if we can reach 500 golf clubs, we will help wake golf up to the issue, and achieve a massive strike against skin cancer this year.”

 To help smooth the fairway to success, all participating clubs will receive free sunscreen* and support in promoting their work, to help keep them motivated and sun savvy throughout the summer”.

For further information visit the Melanoma Fund’s Slip! Slap! Swing! campaign at www.melanoma-fund.co.uk/golf or the Irish Cancer Society’s SunSmart Code for further resources. #SlipSlapSwing20

For sun protection tips for golfers CLICK HERE