Aspirin May Prevent Skin Cancer

(credit:  Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

(Dr. Brian McDonough) Dr. Brian McDonough
Dr. Brian McDonough has been medical editor at KYW Newsradio for more...
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - There have been a number of studies that have looked at the use of aspirin and the potential reduction of cancer risk. Some have been supportive and some have had no connection. But there is an interesting report in the journal Cancer which has gained a great deal of attention because of potential protection against skin cancer including malignant melanoma.

The report also found that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen had a similar effect. Of course the big question is why? But this is not answered.

At this point no one is recommending using either medication to prevent skin cancer because there are other side effects, but it does have scientists curious.

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