'Tan skin means damaged skin'

By Keith Zubrow

Credit: MGN Stills

'Tan skin means damaged skin'

July 30, 2014 Updated Jul 30, 2014 at 3:59 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The rates of skin cancer are up in the U.S. and the nation's top doctor is speaking out about the dangers of sun exposure.

Acting U.S. Surgeon General Boris Lushniak said skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the U.S.

A new report stated nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer annually, including melanoma, the deadliest form.

The surgeon general said melanoma alone causes 9,000 deaths a year.

Lushnaik said he hopes to shatter the myth that tanned skin is a sign of health. He said tan skin means damaged skin.

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