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New Study Shows Aspirin Lowering the Risk of Skin Cancer in Women
We've all heard of aspirin helping with a headache, but a study published today says it may also help lower the risk of skin cancer in women.
Researchers at Stanford University looked at nearly 60,000 post-menopausal, Caucasian women for 12 years. They found the women who took regular doses of aspirin lowered their risk of getting melanoma by at least 20% - and, the longer they took the aspirin, the more they reduced their risk.
This is not proof that aspirin is directly responsible for lowering the risk, but researchers believe inflammation plays a big role in cancer development and aspirin is an anti-inflammatory drug.
Researchers did not find the same link when they looked at other pain medications like acetaminophen. However, doctors say there are downsides to aspirin use: stomach complaints, ulcers and bleeding are all potential side effects.
In the study, 75% of the women were taking regular or extra-strength aspirin, not baby aspirin. The study was published online in the journal cancer.
By: Deeda Payton