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Patient Alert: New Study Finds Most Organ Transplant Patients Are Unaware of Their Increased Risk for Skin Cancer
Date:2/1/2008

ween 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If your shadow is shorter than

you are, seek shade.

-- Use extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect the

damaging rays of the sun which can increase your chance of sunburn.

-- Protect children from sun exposure by applying sunscreen.

-- Get vitamin D safely through a healthy diet that may include vitamin

supplements. Don't seek the sun.

-- Avoid tanning beds. Ultraviolet light from the sun and tanning beds

can cause skin cancer and wrinkling. If you want to look like you've

been in the sun, consider using a sunless self-tanning product, but

continue to use sunscreen with it.

-- Check your birthday suit on your birthday. If you notice anything

changing, growing, or bleeding on your skin, see a dermatologist. Skin

cancer is very treatable when caught early.

For more information about skin cancer, visit http://www.skincarephysicians.com and click on "SkinCancerNet."

In 2001, the International Transplant Skin Cancer Collaborative (ITSCC) was founded to educate patients, scientists, primary care doctors and specialist physicians on the unique needs and clinical care issues in transplant patients. The organization's Web site serves as an important source of information on patient education, available clinical trials, and an extensive relevant bibliography. For more information, visit http://www.itscc.org.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 15,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high st
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