An aspirin a day could keep skin cancer away, according to a new report in the journal Cancer.
Researchers in Denmark and the U.S. found that people taking common painkillers like aspirin and ibuprofen were less likely to develop skin cancer - including squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma - especially when they took the drugs for at least seven years or used them at least twice a week. It’s not the first study to show a potential anticancer effect of aspirin and other similar painkillers - a class of medications known and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Previous studies have found that aspirin users enjoyed a lower risk of colon cancer; a trial published earlier this year concluded that people who take a daily aspirin have as much as a 46% lower risk of colon, lung and prostate cancers, compared with non-users.
Talk with local doctors about the benefits of aspirin, from heart health to this study on skin cancer. Find out how much is too much and about the benefits or the harm of taking aspirin on a regular basis.
With summer nearly here, it is a good time to talk about the dangers of too much sun exposure. Again, medical professionals could be a good source for ways to protect the skin during sunny summer months.
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