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To teach sun protection strategies to the golf community and to provide them with opportunities for the early detection of skin cancer. As a 501(c)(3) organization (charity), our goal is to help adult and junior golfers enjoy a lifetime of healthy golf free of skin cancer and other sun related problems.

Avobenzone – Also known as Parsol® 1789, this sunscreen provides effective UVA protection and is used in combination with other sunscreens to provide broad-spectrum protection.

Benzophenone – A class of sunscreens which includes oxybenzone, used in US products. These provide the UVA and UVB protection for many sunscreen products.

Broad Spectrum Protection – Sunscreens containing both UVB and UVA filters offer the most coverage against both types of rays. Sunscreens which also contain antioxidant vitamins E and C provide additional protection.

Homosalate – Homosalate is a UVB sunscreen that is often used in products with lower SPF ratings or in combination with other sunscreens in higher-protection products.

Octisalate – A relative of homosalate, this UVB sunscreen is also used in lower-SPF products or combined with other sunscreens in products of higher SPF.

Oxybenzone – A common sunscreen used in combination with other sunscreens to provide broad-spectrum protection.

Para-aminobenzoic acid – Para-aminobenzoic acid was used as a sunscreen for many years, but is no longer used for many products. PABA can stain clothing and sting skin.

Padimate 0 – This water-resistant sunscreen is sometimes used for UVB protection in US products. (Also called octyl dimethyl PABA.)

SPF – Always wear products with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of at least 15. If you’re going to be out in the sun longer than an hour, you may want to use an SPF of 30. Also, be aware that SPF indicates the level of protection against UVB (burning rays) and not UVA rays that cause premature skin aging. For the best protection against the sun, look for products that offer broad spectrum protection that contain UVB and UVA filters.

UVB – (Ultraviolet B Radiation) rays penetrate the upper layers of the skin, causing sunburn. UVB is most intense in the summer months between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. To protect yourself from these rays, make sure you use a product with an SPF of at least 15.

UVA – (Ultraviolet A Radiation) is a type of radiation from the sun that may cause premature skin aging. It can penetrate the skin and cause damage at deeper levels, even if the skin’s surface feels cool. In fact, the level of UVA is almost the same in the winter as it is in the summer. To protect yourself, use a sunscreen that contains a UVA blocker like Parsol® 1789, also known as avobenzone.

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