Surgeon General: Skin cancer a 'major public health problem'
Posted on July 29, 2014 at 7:27 AM
Updated Tuesday, Jul 29 at 7:40 AM
(KMOV) – The Surgeon General is calling skin cancer a “major public health problem” effecting people of all skin colors.
The rate of skin cancer continues to rise in the U.S. with nearly 5 million people treated every year and the U.S. is spending 8.1 billion dollars a year to treat skin cancer.
The surgeon general is now advising people to stay away from tanning beds. The FDA is taking action by trying to require warnings for tanning beds and limit their use.
There are some easy steps people can take to protect themselves from sun exposure such as seeking shade, wearing a hat, and using sunscreen.