What is the primary risk factor for squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) in organ transplant patients?

Updated: Jul 08, 2020
  • Author: Talib Najjar, DMD, MDS, PhD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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The primary risk factor in organ transplant patients is cumulative lifetime UV exposure in combination with having Fitzpatrick skin type I or II. The risk of SCC also increases with the number of years post-transplantation, presumably because of the cumulative effects of prolonged immunosuppressive therapy.

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