The High Risk of Developing a Malignant Melanoma After Organ Transplantation

Organ transplantation has become an exceedingly common, safe and predictable procedure today in this country. It both saves lives and markedly improves the quality of life for the fortunate recipients who have sustained end stage organ failure. This could involve the kidneys, liver, pancreas, intestine, lungs or heart. Individuals who…

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The Malignant Melanoma “Epidemic”

Skin cancers are the most common malignancy affecting Americans with basal cell carcinoma being the most common, followed by squamous cell carcinoma and then malignant melanoma. Basal and squamous cell carcinomas are usually skin colored, typically just grow locally and rarely spread elsewhere except in the most advanced, neglected situations….

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Agent Orange Exposure and the Risk for Developing Non Pigmented Skin Cancers

As people age, they have an increased risk for developing skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinomas. This is significantly due to the long term cumulative effects on the skin’s cells of years of exposure to the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. People in their 60’s have…

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