Saturday 21 October 2017

Irish golfers risk skin cancer 'to get a good tan'

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

Doctors have warned it is time to drive home the "safe sun" message among Irish golfers who have a high incidence of skin cancer and are too eager to get a tan.

A new study of 163 golfers found nearly one in 10 had a history of skin cancer, including some with the potentially deadly version, malignant melanoma.

"We noted a high incidence of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancer in our subjects," said lead author Dr Siobhan McCarthy, of South Infirmary Victoria Hospital, Cork. Some 85pc of the golfers wore sun protection cream with an SPF factor. But nearly half opted for an SPF below 30, which is too low.

"This may reflect the observation the majority seek a tan," she said.

The majority wore headgear, but most were opting for a baseball-style hat, which is inadequate.

Most were aware melanoma can lead to death if left untreated. But alarmingly, one third would not seek medical advice after noticing a new mole.

Irish Independent

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