Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Aspirin & Melanoma

Here is an interesting tidbit about aspirin and the deadly skin cancer melanoma.

Aspirin has been used to treat heart disease for years. Now a study from Stanford University shows that aspirin can also reduce the risk of the skin cancer melanoma. 

Over a 12 year period, 60,00 post menopausal Caucasian women who took aspirin at least twice a week had a 20% lower risk of melanoma. It is thought that the anti inflammatory and the anti blood clotting effects of aspirin are the reason. 

It is recommended that only high risk people take aspirin due to the stomach side effects that aspirin can cause. Aspirin is acetylsalicylic acid. It is a derivative of salicylate which comes from the willow tree and myrtle and has been used since 3000 BC as a medical remedy.

Remember, always consult with your doctor before taking any medication.

Have a Healthy Day!


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