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People on Immunosuppressive Therapies May Be More At Risk for Skin Cancer

Posted: November 5, 2009

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"In patients on immunosuppression therapy after organ transplant, previous studies have shown a clear association with non-melanoma skin cancer. Other studies have demonstrated that azathioprine, which is in the thiopurine class, can increase the photosensitization of human skin," she noted.

Long concluded that the study "demonstrates that patients with IBD on immunosuppression may also be at risk for non-melanoma skin cancer. As a result, our long-term management plans for IBD patients should stress the daily use of broad-spectrum sunscreen and increased awareness of non-melanoma skin cancer to help to prevent complications."

The study was presented at the annual scientific meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology in San Diego.


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