Study: Transplant patients may be more susceptible to skin cancer

02/21/2012 | SkinAndAllergyNews.com

Patients who have received a solid organ transplant might be at higher risk for aggressive skin cancers of the head and neck, a study at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital found. Researchers studied the records of 3,639 patients who had received a solid organ transplant from 1990 through 2011. Though the overall incidence was low, the skin cancers that did occur tended to be aggressive and were associated with shorter survival times, the researchers said. "We believe these patients require aggressive screening, treatment and follow-up," the study's leader said.

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