Can Aspirin Reduce the Risk of Developing Melanoma in Women over 50?
According to a Dermatology Daily article entitled “Aspirin May Reduce Risk of Melanoma in Older Women,” a study has shown that older women who take aspirin on a regular basis may be less likely to develop melanomas. The observational study cited in the article divided 60,000 Caucasian women – between the ages of 50 and 79 – into three different categories: those strictly taking aspirin; those taking non-aspirin pain medications; and those not taking any pain-related medications. After controlling for variables such as tanning frequency and sunscreen usage, it was determined that women participating in the study who took aspirin at least two times a week reduced their risk for melanoma by 21% when compared to women who did not take aspirin at all. Additionally, researchers found the risk of melanoma was lower the longer the person stayed on aspirin.
While there is some disagreement as to what, if anything, the study proves – it is still an interesting finding and one that will hopefully yield more research.
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