Justin Thomas, the American golfer and World number 5, released a picture of his leg having had a melanoma lesion removed in recent weeks. The golfer urged his followers to take care when exposed to the sun to always wear sunscreen.
Many followers were shocked by the length of the incision made to Justin’s leg. We are sure this measure was precautionary but also highlights the seriousness of melanoma.
We applaud Justin for bringing his personal experience with melanoma/skin cancer into the public domain.
We also encourage Justin (Rory (we are worried about you) and other PGA professionals) to cover up as much as possible as well as applying sunscreen when playing golf and being generally outdoors.
Justin is a great ambassador for the game of golf and a key influencer for junior golfers so he can have a big impact as he has done already by bringing this topic to the fore (please excuse the pun).
Justin is not the first prominent golfer to have encountered the skin condition. Fellow Aussie, Adam Scott, former US Masters champion has also had skin cancers removed from his face.
Professional golfers are particularly vulnerable to sunburn, premature skin ageing, skin cancer and melanoma as their Tour schedule tends to follow the sun.
Solbari loves golf, and golfers... and promotes a healthy, outdoors lifestyle including getting out on a links with friends. Solbari believes that it is possible to enjoy the sun safely and comfortably by wearing UPF50+ sun protective clothing, a broad brim sun hat and SPF30+ sunscreen.
The Solbari Team
This blog is for information purposes only, always consult a medical professional.
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