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Medical News and Perspectives
September 28, 2005

Skin Cancer’s Ranks Rise

JAMA. 2005;294(12):1476-1480. doi:10.1001/jama.294.12.1476

Chicago—Ever-growing numbers of individuals are at increased risk of developing skin cancer, and not just because of sun worship and the pursuit of the perfect tan. More people are susceptible now because of impaired immunity due to immunosuppressive drugs following organ transplantation or for various rheumatologic and dermatologic conditions. Also vulnerable are patients who have compromised immune surveillance due to such conditions as HIV and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), which increases their risk of developing cancer.

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