DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Acting Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak says officials need to do more to help people cover up.
A great concern also is young people – colleges and universities he says, should eliminate indoor tanning beds on campuses.
According to a new report, skin cancer cases have increased by 200 percent since 1973.
Dr. Melissa King, from Dayton Children’s says, “you want to remind parents of children under the age of six months to be safe, keep them out of the sunlight. If you have to take them out, cover them with with a light cloth if you are in the shade. If you are outside with the sun, use sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before exposure and continue to re-apply, with a small amount on the face, avoiding the mouth.”
Dr. King also advises little ones and teens need hats with 3 inch brims to wear outside.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer – 9 thousand people die each year from the most preventable disease.