Study: NSAIDs, aspirin, and acetaminophen may all reduce risk for certain skin cancers

General Health
A big new study says common pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen can cut the risk of skin cancer, including melanoma. On NBC Nightly News, chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman, MD, explained, "In a Danish study published in 'Cancer,' over 18,000 people who took these drugs for several years had decreased cancer rates of malignant melanoma." Investigators found that people taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) "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," the Time "Healthland" blog reports. (more…)
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