Photoprotection Knowledge and Behaviours Among Organ Transplant Recipients

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Organ transplant recipients (OTRs) are at an increased risk of developing a de novo malignant neoplasm compared to the general population. The primary contributor to skin cancer in all patients is sun exposure.


In this study, we aim to ascertain both OTR skin cancer awareness and photoprotection practices.


A questionnaire-based study of Saskatchewan transplant recipients.


Nearly all respondents were aware that sun exposure is the best-known cause of skin cancer and that as an OTR, they are at increased risk of skin cancer (99.3% and 90.5%, respectively). Approximately half of respondents reported wearing a hat regularly, sun avoidance between 10 AM and 3 PM, or wearing sunscreen regularly (53.7%, 33.1%, and 47.9%, respectively).


Many OTRs are not engaging in photoprotection. Further intervention, which may include access to a dermatologist, is necessary to ensure ORTs do not experience undue morbidity and mortality secondary to skin cancer.

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