Aspirin May Reduce Risk Of Melanoma In Older Women

Aspirin May Reduce Risk Of Melanoma In Older Women

Scientists say regular doses of aspirin may lower the risk of the deadliest type of skin cancer, melanoma in some women. Using questionnaires an observational study followed 60,000 Caucasian women ages 50 to 79. Participants were put in three groups. Those who took aspirin only; those who took non-aspirin NSAIDS like ibuprofen or naproxen; and those who took neither. During an approximately “12-year span, 548 of the women developed melanoma.” Even after controlling for skin cancer risk factors such as tanning and low use of sunscreen, the women who reported taking aspirin at least twice a week showed a 21% lower risk of melanoma than the women who didn’t take the pain killer. The researchers also found that “the longer they stayed on aspirin, the lower their risk; women who used aspirin regularly for one to four years for example, showed an 11% lower risk of melanoma compared to those who didn’t take the pills for that time, while women who continued taking aspirin for five or more years enjoyed a 30% lower chance of developing melanoma.”

By | 2018-11-22T06:13:53+00:00 September 18th, 2013|News|0 Comments

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