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What is Kaposi's sarcoma (KS)?

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Kaposi's sarcoma is a type of cancer. Tumors with tiny new blood vessels grow below the surface of the skin and in membranes of your mouth, nose, eyes, and anus. It can spread to your lungs, liver, stomach, intestines, and lymph nodes, which are glands that help you fight infection.

Kaposi's sarcoma is caused by a herpes virus, HHV-8, also called KSHV. It affects 8 times more men than women. It may spread through sexual contact, but we don't know for sure. Today, HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is the most common cause of Kaposi’s sarcoma.

From: What Is Kaposi's Sarcoma? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Kaposi Sarcoma Treatment (PDQ)–Patient Version."

American Cancer Society: "Kaposi Sarcoma."

AIDS Treatment Data Network: "KS (Kaposi's Sarcoma)."

New Mexico AIDS Education & Training Center: "Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS)."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on December 16, 2018

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute: "Kaposi Sarcoma Treatment (PDQ)–Patient Version."

American Cancer Society: "Kaposi Sarcoma."

AIDS Treatment Data Network: "KS (Kaposi's Sarcoma)."

New Mexico AIDS Education & Training Center: "Kaposi's Sarcoma (KS)."

Reviewed by Jonathan E. Kaplan on December 16, 2018

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