Surgeon General: 200% increase in deadly melanoma cases since 1973

A new report says there has been a

A new report says there has been a 200 percent increase in deadly melanoma cases since 1973. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

WASHINGTON - A new report from the U.S. Surgeon General has found a large increase in melanoma over the past 40 years.

The report says there has been a 200 percent increase in deadly melanoma cases since 1973. Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak says more shade should be offered at public events and children should be encouraged to wear hats and sunscreen when outside.   

Lushniak is also calling for a ban on tanning beds on college campuses.

The Indoor Tanning Association said in a statement that tanning critics "always exaggerate the risks of exposure to ultraviolet light in order to get the attention of the public, the media and the government."

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