IBD Increases Risk of Melanoma

By contactus@sherylclarkmd.com
June 03, 2013
Category: Skin cancer

A study from the Mayo Clinic suggests an increased risk of melanoma in patients who have been diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease. The risk was higher tin patients with Crohn's disease than in patients with ulcerative colitis.

Patients with inflammatory bowel disease should be referred to dermatologists for skin cancer surveillance and wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen when exposed to the sun.