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Did you know transplant patients are four times more likely to develop skin cancer?

by , 19 January 2015

It's true…

According to the University of California Medical Center's research on organ transplant patients are 100 times more likely to develop skin cancer compared to the general population.

Read on to find out why….


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It’s all because of the type of medication…
Immunosuppressive medications are essential to transplant patients because they prevent graft rejection. They work to suppress the immune system that fights off infection.
Which is especially designed to fight infection or the introduction of foreign bodies. In this case the foreign body is the transplanted organ.
But by suppressing the immune system transplant recipients are placed at a much higher risk for infection and strangely enough skin cancer.
Some research suggests that the duration, intensity and type of immunosuppressant drugs relates to the development of skin cancer.
The risks vary with the type of transplant. Cardiac and lung transplant patients seem to develop skin cancer more frequently than liver or kidney transplant patients.
Even after 10 years of receiving the transplant you are still at risk of cancer.
You can’t get away from using an immunosuppressant but here are ways to protect your immune system
Dr Golding our integrative doctor recommends Hemp oil
There are so many wonderful health benefits to hemp oil. First and foremost has to be the immune boosting qualities of the essential fatty acid content of the seed and oil. Hemp is the only oil with a substantial level of Omega 3, Omega 6 and GLA and the elusive Omega 9. There is simply no better way to boost your immune system using food.
Try to get regular, moderate exercise, like a daily 30-minute walk. It can help your immune system fight infection.
Eating or drinking too much sugar curbs immune system cells that attack bacteria. This effect lasts for at least a few hours after downing a couple of sugary drinks.
Sticking to a balanced diet like the Mediterranean diet will help boost your immune system.
But not only transplant patients are at risk, as you know. Everyday precautions like staying out of the sun, using an organic sunblock and regular skin check-ups are a must for all of us living in sunny South Africa.

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