Atlanta, Ga. — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a report predicting a significant increase in the deadliest form of skin cancer melanoma by the year 2030.
CDC Director Tom Frieden said melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and its on the rise. He advises people to use hats protective clothing and broad spectrum sun screen when out in the mid-day sun.
The CDC is also promoting the introduction of community programs that would help stem the increase of skin cancer. They are suggesting the installation of shade areas in school playgrounds and other outdoor facilities to provide a respite from the direct rays of the sun. They are also suggesting restricting the use of indoor tanning salons for minor children.
According to CDC projections, skin cancer, which has doubled from 1982 to 2011, will increase to 112,000 cases in 2030 without a program of education, mass media info-mercials, community support and policy changes.
With a educational and community involvement program in place, the CDC estimates they can cut the costs of treatment for this projected increase by $2.7 billion.
According to this report, skin cancer is seen to increase in numbers every year while the rates of other cancers are declining.
To learn more about CDC’s efforts and recommendations to prevent skin cancer, see www.cdc.gov/cancer/skin.
To view the U.S. Surgeon General’s full 112-page “Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer,” click HERE.