NIH study of cancer risk for organ transplant recipients – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. According to an NIH study, organ transplant recipients in the US have a high risk of developing cancer.
Engels: We found that transplant recipients had an increase risk for 32 types of cancer.
Narrator: NIH researcher Dr. Eric Engels is the lead author of the study. He says in 2010, over 28,000 transplants were performed in the US.
Engels: The major reason why transplant recipients have an increase risk of cancer is because their immune system is weakened.
Narrator: Dr. Engels hopes that the study findings will stimulate other research dealing with the cancer risk associated with organ transplantation. For more information 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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