Surgeon General: Skin cancer a 'major public health problem'
ROCKFORD (WREX) -
Spending time outdoors during the summertime could be more dangerous to your health than once thought.
According to the American Cancer Society, the number of skin cancer cases is on the rise.
The Surgeon General issued a call to action to prevent the disease, calling it a major public health problem.
Local doctors say in the past three decades, it has become the most prevalent form of cancer.
"There are approximately 3.5 skin cancers that will be diagnosed this year in 2 million people. And that means some people have more than one skin cancer. We'll see more incidents of skin cancer than lung cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer combined," says Dr. William Schulz, an oncologist at SwedishAmerican.
The American Cancer Society says indoor tanning causes more than 400,000 cases of skin cancer each year.