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Is there a relationship between organ transplants and Kaposi sarcoma?

One of the main groups of people who are affected by Kaposi sarcoma is people who have received organ transplants. Those people are often taking medications that suppress the immune system so that the body doesn't attack the new organ. Because their immune system is weakened, they're more likely to develop Kaposi sarcoma if they already have the Kaposi sarcoma herpesvirus. This type of the cancer is known as iatrogenic, or transplant-associated, Kaposi sarcoma, and it affects about 1 out of every 200 people who get organ transplants.

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