Wear sunscreen people!!!! - Page 3
That's a pretty shoddy article.
It's no secret that some sunscreens have chemicals that aren't great for you. You can find some that minimize or eliminate that risk.
That 2000 Swedish study that is linked to, the median SPF tested as 6. The article fails to mention that.
At 6 SPF, I'd actually expect people to have higher rates of sun exposure. People are still putting on sunscreen, so they feel protected, but something like that is going to wear off very quickly. They're not going to reapply it as often as they should, and they're going to overrate its effectiveness. At least the people not wearing sunscreen know they're getting burned.
As for vitamin D, there are ways to be smart about getting it. You can get a day's worth in about 15 minutes of sunlight. You can also get it through diet, though obviously it depends what kind of food you're eating.
This was one of my very first times out at the range (notice the hiking boots), I still use that hat when the sun is really beating down. It's amazing.
It's from Coolibar, rated UPF 50+
They have some nice golf sun hats to choose from
I just ordered a hat from there. I'm 50 now and have spent the vast majority of my life in the sun, and have worn baseball caps pretty much the entire time.
It's time to stop dicking around with this stuff. I'll get used to the brim quick enough.
It is great to see people discussing this topic. Skin Cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and epidemic in the golf community. But it does not have to be that way. Many skin cancers are preventable and when detected early, can be treated successfully.
The Sun SafeTee Program is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to sun protection and skin cancer prevention programs specifically for golfers. Please visit our website for tips on sun protection and skin cancer prevention. We have educational videos (including how to apply sunscreen without getting on your grips) testimonials from Mr. Palmer, Annika Sorenstam and others.
As was mentioned in an earlier post, it is important for everyone, regardless of the color of their skin to engage in good sun protection habits. From top down, that starts with a wide brim hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and sun protective clothing...and don't forget to stay well hydrated!