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Risk of Cancer after Kidney Transplant

Cancer is an outcome of a weak immune system. The chances of getting cancer after a kidney transplant are much more. Anti- rejection (immunosuppressive) medications can decrease the immune function of the body and can decrease the body’s defense for certain types of cancer.

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How do I know if I am at increased risk for skin cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer and it can cause immediate death. In case one has fair skin and are exposed to very high sun exposure, even a history of skin cancer may increase the chances of getting skin & lip cancer.

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How can I lower my chances of getting skin cancer?

To lower your chances of getting skin cancer you should:

  • Avoid direct sunlight
  • Wear UVA and UVB sunscreen protection
  • Be aware of any changes in your skin. Perform self-examines of your skin and lips regularly. Tell your doctor if you notice a strange lump, bump, sore, ulcer, or colored area on the skin
  • Follow the advice of your transplant team and kidney doctor for further skin care. Your doctor may recommend going to a dermatologist (skin doctor) for a yearly exam

What other cancer screening should I talk to my doctor about?

Women – Discuss risk of cervical, breast and colon cancer with your doctor regularly and keep up with recommended exams

Men – Discuss risk of prostate and colon cancer with your doctor regularly and keep up with recommended exams.

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