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Aspirin to Prevent Skin Cancer?

When caught and removed from the skin early, melanoma is one of the easiest forms of cancer to treat.  However, when undiagnosed, melanoma is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer.  For this reason, a recent study from Stanford University presents an exciting opportunity for melanoma prevention.  The study, while it only evaluated middle aged Caucasian women, studied the effects of aspirin on the development of melanoma.  This particular study found that women who took aspirin regularly had a 21% lower risk of melanoma than the women who did not take aspirin.  Additionally, the study found that the longer these women took aspirin, the lower their risk was of developing a melanoma. Dr. Schweiger notes that, "This is an exciting and encouraging study; we are constantly searching for ways to prevent this deadly form of skin cancer.  However, the authors are cautious to remind us that the results of one study are not enough to suggest that everyone should be taking a daily aspirin.  It is important to speak to your doctor about whether this may make sense for you.  At this time, we do know that avoiding direct sun exposure and tanning beds can decrease our risk of developing melanoma.  For this reason, I recommend that all of my patients using a broad spectrum sunscreen daily and visit their dermatologist at least once a year for a skin cancer screening." Click here to read more about the recent study on aspirin and melanoma. Click here to learn more about melanoma.
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