Pain Killers Tied to Reduced Risk of Skin Cancer

pillsStaying out of the sun and wearing sunscreen is the most effective way to avoid skin cancer. However, a recent study found that squamous cell carcinoma could be prevented by taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin. Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer caused by UV light exposure and when caught early, it is almost always curable. If left untreated, it can be deadly.

The study that was published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology analyzed nine different studies that presented promising information on the affects of aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs on cancer risk reduction. The research concluded that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs reduced the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 18 percent. Aspirin alone also reduced the risk but the reduction was not significantly high. Although the results are interesting, popping these kinds of drugs to prevent skin cancer is not recommended since the medications have their own side effects. To reduce your risk of any type of skin cancer, always use a sunscreen of SPF 30 or more when going outside and follow sun safety guidelines.

Watch Advanced Dermatology’s Medical Director, Dr. Joshua L. Fox, talk about skin cancer types, causes, and prevention:

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