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Cancer rate doubled for transplant patients
San Francisco Chronicle

Organ transplant recipients are twice as likely as the average American to get cancer, in large part because they must suppress their immune system to avoid organ rejection and that leaves them more vulnerable to infections that can cause cancer, according to a large national study. Transplant patients have an increased risk of developing 32 types of cancer in all, especially skin cancer, Kaposi’s sarcoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and cancers associated with the organ they had removed, according to the National Cancer Institute study.