Study: Daily aspirin may guard against melanoma

06/29/2011 | MSNBC

People who took an aspirin daily for at least five years were almost 50% less likely to get melanoma than people who did not take aspirin, a review of medical records found. "Our data at least support the hypothesis that long-term steady aspirin use has an effect," said Harvard professor of dermatology and study co-author Dr. Robert Stern. The data on other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, were not as strong, and the researchers found no link between cholesterol-lowering statins and reduced melanoma risk.

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