The analysis of data from thousands of transplant recipients and melanoma patients in the United States showed that transplant recipients were twice as more likely to develop melanoma and three times much more likely to die of the disease than people who had not undergone a transplant. The researchers also found that transplant recipients were four times much more likely to be diagnosed with melanomas that had already pass on to other areas of the body. We knew that melanoma was much more likely in transplant recipients, but we believed it might be a function of intensive screening since they are extremely likely to build up less deadly forms of skin cancer and are checked regularly by dermatologists, study leader Hilary Robbins, a Ph.D.Most people probably would not think that having an increased social status would raise the risk of being targeted, but with few exceptions, that's what we discover, said the study's lead writer Robert Faris, an associate professor of sociology at the University of California-Davis. It's sort of a concealed pattern of victimization that is rooted in your competition for sociable status. This does not mean that stereotypical bullying victims – kids with body image issues, delayed physical development, or those without the friends at all – are not picked on. Socially vulnerable youth are frequently tormented which is a huge problem, Faris said. Nevertheless, our study shows that many victims don't fit the stereotype.