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Chronic Bowel Disease Drugs Linked to Skin Cancer Risk
Date:11/22/2011

tress the need to be extra vigilant about skin care with their irritable bowel disease patients, especially among those exposed to immunosuppressants such as thiopurines."

However, Singh and his colleagues added that there was only a small absolute increased risk of non-melanoma skin cancer seen in the study, which may not warrant stopping treatment with thiopurines in IBD patients who need the immunosuppressants to control their disease.

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute has more about skin cancer prevention.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: American Gastroenterological Association, news release, Nov. 21, 2011


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