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What is Kaposi's sarcoma?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Kaposi sarcoma is a cancer that causes flat, dark patches to appear on the skin. These patches, called lesions, may cause no symptoms or may be painful and swollen. The various types of Kaposi sarcoma affect a variety of types of people, but in all cases it's caused by the herpesvirus type 8 that affects the cells in the lining of lymph and blood vessels.

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