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Dermatol Surg. 2004 Apr;30(4 Pt 2):595-7.

The historical link between solid-organ transplantation, immunosuppression, and skin cancer.

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Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida 32224, USA. randle.henry@mayo.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Skin cancers are more common in organ transplant recipients than in the general population.

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this study was establish the historical link between organ transplantation, immunosuppression, and the development of skin cancer.

METHODS:

The pertinent literature in cutaneous oncology and transplantation is reviewed.

RESULTS:

There is a historical link between organ transplants, immunosuppression, and the subsequent development of skin cancers.

CONCLUSIONS:

Organ transplant recipients have more skin cancer than those in the general population and this is temporally related to their degree of immunosuppression.

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