Saturday, February 02, 2008

Patient Alert: New Study Finds Most Organ Transplant Patients Are Unaware of Their Increased Risk for Skin Cancer

From Bio-Medicine:
SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- As the number of organ transplants continues to increase throughout the world, so too are the number of organ transplant recipients developing skin cancer. Due in large part to the immunosuppressive medications required to prevent organ rejection, skin cancer among patients receiving solid organ transplants -- such as kidney, heart, liver, or lung, among other organs -- also tends to be more aggressive and spreads more quickly than in other patients. Now, new research demonstrates the need for more comprehensive patient education and management of skin disease in transplant patients to try to reverse these rising skin cancer rates.

Speaking today at the 66th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), dermatologist Summer R. Youker, MD, FAAD, assistant professor of dermatology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., discussed the reasons why organ transplant patients failed to see a dermatologist and did not practice proper sun protection, despite educational efforts advising these practices. Read the full article.

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