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September 2006

Compliance With Sun Protection Following Organ Transplantation

Arch Dermatol. 2006;142(9):1231-1244. doi:10.1001/archderm.142.9.1232

We read with interest the report by Moloney et al1 evaluating rates of sunscreen use before and after renal transplantation. Although sunscreen use increased following transplantation, there were no differences between recent transplant recipients and those who had undergone transplantation more than 7 years previously. Assessing sun protection compliance at intervals following transplantation is important to ensure that transplant recipients minimize exposure to UV radiation and the risk for skin cancer. This is particularly important in light-skinned (Fitzpatrick skin type I-II) transplant recipients with a history of chronic UV radiation exposure.

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