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How does a lung transplant affect my sensitivity to the sun?

Transplant recipients run the added risk for developing skin and lip cancers, and this risk increases over time. Prednisone makes your skin more sensitive to the sun, so you will burn easier, faster, and to a greater degree than you did before the transplant. Prolonged and repeated exposure to the sun's ultraviolet radiation produces permanent and damaging skin changes. The darker your skin, the more natural protection you have against burning and skin damage. But bear in mind that you can now burn even if you are black because your medications make you more sensitive to the sun.

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