Econintersect: Rear Adm. Boris Lushniak, Acting Surgeon General of the United States, has issued a comprehensive report which shows the significant danger that unprotected sun and tanning bed exposure can create. UV radiation from these sources is considered a major factor in developing skin cancers, which total more cases in the U.S. than all other cancers combined over the last three decades.
Melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, has doubled in occurrence over the past 40 years. The report attributes the increase to a greater amount of recreational UV exposure by "sun worshippers".
The report calls for more careful use of skin protection against the sun (clothing, sun screens) and the avoidance of use of tanning beds.
Click on the cover image below to access the complete report:
- The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer (Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Public Health Service, July 2014)
- The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer Executive Summary (Surgeon General.gov, 29 July 2014)
- Generation of tanners sees spike in deadly melanoma (Anne Flaherty, Associated Press, MSN Healthy Living, 29 July 2014)