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Certain Skin Cancers More Common in HIV-Positive People
Date:2/1/2013

es, on which previous studies relied, do not record these types of cancers."

"Given the increasing longevity for HIV-positive individuals, the burden of many age-related, non-AIDS-defining cancers, including [non-melanoma skin cancers], will only continue to increase," Silverberg said. "Based on our studies, non-melanoma skin cancers are by far the most common cancer this population experiences."

The findings have implications for changes in treatment, Asgari said.

"Given the observed association of immunodeficiency and squamous cell carcinomas, earlier initiation of antiretroviral therapy to maintain higher CD4 counts may also help reduce the burden of this cancer," she said.

More than 3.5 million new cases of non-melanoma skin cancers are diagnosed in the United States each year. Although most of these cases can be easily cured, many become locally invasive and destructive, according to the release.

The study, funded by research grants from Pfizer, Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit and the U.S. National Institutes of Health, was recently published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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The American Cancer Society has more about skin cancer.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Kaiser Permanente, news release, Jan. 29, 2013


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