NIH study of cancer risk for organ transplant recipients – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Organ transplant recipients in the United States have a high risk of developing 32 different types of cancer.
Engels: We looked at about 50 different cancers in this study.
Narrator: NIH researcher Dr. Eric Engels led the study.
Engels: There were 175,000 transplant recipients included in this study. We were able to include that many people because we collected data from large national and state data bases.
Narrator: In 2010, over 28,000 transplants were performed in the US. Dr. Engels says the major reason why transplant recipients have an increase risk of cancer is because their immune system is weakened. For more on cancer risk and research, visit www.cancer.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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