Heart Transplant Patients At Increased Risk For Skin Cancer

Heart transplant patients are 4 to 30 times as likely to develop skin cancer as healthy people, depending on where they live and other factors,” according to a study published June 30 in the American Journal of Transplantation. The study also found that patients who live nearer the equator and have fairer skin are the most likely to suffer skin cancers and to die from them.  Among those patients, the team identified 228 cases of basal cell carcinoma (3.6% of patients), 289 cases of squamous cell carcinoma (4.6%), 22 cases of melanoma (0.003%) and six cases of other skin cancers (0.001%).”

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