People who have an organ transplant may be more likely to develop skin cancer, new research suggests.
The finding applies to all transplant patients, even those who are nonwhite and dark-skinned, according to Dr. Christina Lee Chung, an associate professor of dermatology at Drexel University in Philadelphia, and colleagues.
The researchers said the risk increases over time with ongoing exposure to medications that suppress the immune system to prevent organ rejection.
Total-body skin exams should be a routine part of care after transplant surgery, the study authors advised.
For the study, the researchers analyzed medical records of 413 organ transplant recipients, 63 percent of whom were not white.
The investigators found 19 new skin cancers in 15 of the nonwhite patients. That group included six black patients, five Asians and four Hispanics. Among the black patients, all of the skin cancers were caught early on.
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