- Our dermatologists have specialized expertise treating people at increased for skin cancer risk.
- Dermatologists work with transplant surgeons to ensure that patients' skin cancer risk is the lowest possible.
- Our doctors help patients take special measures to reduce their skin cancer risk.
If you have received a transplant of a major organ such as a kidney, liver, heart, lung or pancreas, your risk of developing skin cancer is now about 100 times higher than that of the general population.
That's because of immune system changes accompanied your transplant. Skin cancers tend to be more aggressive in people who have had an organ transplant.
Protecting your skin against threats such as sun damage and having your skin examined regularly for early cancer signs are now especially important for you. The dermatologists at Yale Medicine are highly qualified to help you do both.