March 12 Seminar Educates Transplant Recipients on Skin Cancer Risk

By Vanessa deGier, UCSF News Services | March 12, 2007

A special seminar at UCSF on Monday, March 12, will focus on educating transplant patients about the potential risk of skin cancer.

Organ transplant recipients have a high risk of developing skin cancer, but information about this link had not been readily available to patients until UCSF began offering public seminars and other services on the topic. Sponsored by the Department of Dermatology and Division of Transplantation, the upcoming seminar will cover the risk factors for skin cancer, appearance, early detection, preventive strategies and treatment options.

"Approximately one in 20 transplant patients die of skin related malignancies," said Bryan Cho, MD, PhD, dermatology resident at UCSF. "Skin cancers that develop in transplant patients tend to be more aggressive, and there is a higher recurrence and metastatic rate." The reason for this is still unknown, according to Cho, but UCSF researchers are working to better understand why.

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