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Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, with over 50,000 new cases diagnosed annually. Recent skin cancer education programs have increased people’s awareness of the dangers of skin cancer and the preventative steps they can take against it, including minimizing sun exposure and applying sunscreen before heading outdoors. According to a new study, aspirin, which is affordable and already in many medicine cabinets, may also lower one’s risk of developing skin cancer. What is the link between the two?
To test aspirin’s effects on skin cancer incidences, roughly 60,000 women between the ages of 50 and 79 were observed for 12 years. The women provided information about their sun habits, diet and medications. Those who took aspirin at least twice a week lowered their risk of developing skin cancer by 20 percent. Even better, women who took aspirin regularly for one to four years lowered their risk of skin cancer by 11 percent over that time period, while those who took aspirin for five or more years reduced their risk of skin cancer by 30 percent.
Many conditions begin beneath the skin as an inflammatory reaction to irritants, stressors, and viruses. Aspirin is an anti-inflammatory, so it may also help in reducing the inflammation that leads to abnormal cell growth associated with skin cancer. Before aspirin can be recommended as a preventative action against skin cancer, additional research will be necessary to determine the long-term effects of regular aspirin usage.
No matter how many preventative measures you may take against skin cancer, it is still important to undergo regular skin cancer screenings by a board-certified dermatologist. Contact us today to schedule your skin cancer screening. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at diagnosing and treating most forms of skin cancer. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens (Bayside, Flushing), Long Island – Nassau/Suffolk (Roslyn/Albertson, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City, Westchester County (Ossining), Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.