Surgeon General Issues Skin Cancer Warning

By WTAJ News

Published 07/30 2014 06:31AM

Updated 07/30 2014 06:48AM

(CNN) - The acting U.S. Surgeon General has issued a new warning about the dangers of indoor and outdoor tanning and the link to skin cancer.

In a call to action released Tuesday, Boris Lushniak called skin cancer a "major public health problem."

According to the report, nearly five million people in the U.S. are treated for skin cancer every year.

And more than 400,000 cases are estimated to be linked to indoor tanning.

Overall, the cases average an annual cost of 8-point-1 billion dollars.

Lushniak recommends wearing sunscreen and protective gear outdoors, such as a hat and sunglasses and avoid indoor tanning.

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