Skin cancer rates increasing in children and teens
Experts are recommending a sunscreen labeled as broad spectrumPhoto: Video by ktnv.com
(KTNV) -- Most people think it takes years and years of sun exposure before we need to worry about something like skin cancer.
But, the problem is actually increasing among the younger population. Especially young girls.
Experts say a sunscreen labeled as broad spectrum is the only way to block all the harmful rays.
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and a recent study shows the rate increasing two percent every year in children and teens.
The biggest jump is with girls ages 15 to 19.
Doctors say the sun and the popularity of tanning booths are to blame.
And there is even a local effort being put forth to combat early skin cancer.
Up in Carson City, the state senate just voted yesterday in favor of a bill making it illegal for teens younger than 18 to use tanning salons.
That bill must now go to the assembly.