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.
Hampton T. Skin Cancer’s Ranks Rise. JAMA. 2005;294(12):1476-1480. doi:10.1001/jama.294.12.1476