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Although any tanned skin is effectively damaged skin, the report says that one out of every three young white women in the United States uses indoor tanning devices each year. According to the Melanoma Research Foundation, using a tanning device before age 30 increases a person's risk of developing melanoma by 75 percent.
Not only is tanning perilous to your health, its damaging effects have also proven expensive to treat. Treatment for the cancers runs an annual cost of around $8.1 billion, according to the Surgeon General report.
Also, even if you have a darker skin tone, the report emphasizes you are not immune.
"While those with lighter skin are more susceptible, anyone can get skin cancer-and it can be serious," Koh said in the release.
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In fact, people with darker skin tones tend to taker fewer precautions and tend to be diagnosed later once the cancer has become more difficult to treat, according to the report.