Golf NSW joins forces with Melanoma Institute

Here mate, borrow this cap! Many of us have said these seemingly innocent words on a golf course once or twice in the past as we watch a mate begin to turn red from the sun.

And while there is nothing better than a day on the golf course…you don’t want to see it spoiled by affecting somebody’s health.

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And Golf NSW, which runs the amateur body in the premier state, has joined forces with the Melanoma Institute of Australia to do something about it.

They are asking “Have you got your mate’s back?”

The two ‘bodies’ are reminding all golfers to be sun safe and watch their mates’ backs.

They are highlighting the super five skin savers….slip, slop, slap, seek and wrap.

Figures state that up to 90 per cent of melanomas are caused by accumulated exposure to UV light from the sun.

That means that the best way to stop the spread of melanoma in Australia is be smart when in the sun.

One third of melanomas are detected by somebody other than the person they are found on. partners, friends or family can make a difference.

So if you notice a change, be a mate and say something – you never know, it just might save their life.

The first sign of a melanoma is usually the appearance of a new spot or a change in an existing freckle or mole.

The change may be in size, shape or colour and is normally noticed over several weeks or months.

Get familiar with your skin, so that you can be aware of any changes that might appear.

Do this also for your friends and loved ones, especially noting their back and other areas that they can’t easily see themselves.

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and grows quickly if left untreated.

For more information on how to Watch Your Mate’s Back, visit watchyourmatesback.org.au.