Skin Cancer Risk for Those Taking Immunosuppressants

February 22, 2016

Patients being treated for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are often prescribed immunosuppressant medications. A recent study reveals patients taking these drugs are at increased risk for skin cancer and should have an annual skin cancer screening.

The findings of a seven year-long study performed by researchers at Mayo Clinic suggests that having IBD results in a 37% increased risk of developing melanoma. Melanoma, the worst of skin cancers, accounts for a small percentage of all skin cancer cases; but, it causes most of the skin cancer deaths.

Texas ranks in the top three in the nation for cases of malignant melanoma. Since sun exposure is the culprit for a number of skin cancer cases the need for more public awareness and prevention programs is an important adjunct to the problem.

Skin cancer self-exams can decrease the danger of advanced disease among melanoma patients and potentially decrease melanoma mortality by more than sixty percent.

Physicians’ skin exams are not only effective but also a recommended part of your annual healthcare routine. Dermatologists receive specialized training for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of skin cancers. Your board-certified dermatologist will provide a complete skin checkup and review your medical history in detail.

Looking to get a Skin Cancer Screening?

Make annual skin cancer screening an essential part of your annual healthcare visits, especially if you take immunosuppressant medications. We have multiple locations throughout the country, so fill out our simple online form to get in touch with us. One of our local team members will reach out to you shortly to answer your questions or schedule an appointment for you to visit us soon.

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