GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - The Mayo Clinic has released a new study that shows a dramatic rise in skin cancer, specifically among middle-aged adults.

Mayo Clinic researchers found, that in people 40 to 60 years old, there was an eight-fold increase in the overall incidence of melanoma between the years 1970 to 2009.

The highest rates of increase were in women.

The study said white, non-Hispanic men had a four-point-five fold increase, while white non-Hispanic women had a 24 fold increase.

The largest jump in melanoma cases overall occurred between the years 2000-2009. Researchers speculate that could possibly be because of rising tanning bed popularity in the 1980's and 1990's.