In a recent study performed by Women’s Health initiative, researchers found that older women who took aspirin on a regular basis were 21% less likely to develop the melanoma skin cancer. Can taking aspirin reduce the risk of getting melanoma skin cancer?
According to Dr. Jean Tang, from the Stanford University School of Medicine in California, "This study... correlates use of aspirin with lower melanoma risk, but it doesn't prove it,” she told Reuters. The findings based on a long-term, 12 years to be exact, study. Researchers kept track of 60,000 Caucasian females from the ages 50-79. They were asked questions such as how much time they spent in the sun and how often or if they used sunscreen.
Melanoma is considered the most dangerous of skin cancers because it causes the most deaths. It kills an estimated 8,790 people in the US annually, according to The American Cancer Society. If it is caught early it is almost always curable. Generally melanoma is contracted from exposure to UV rays from sunlight or tanning beds.
So does this mean that people who may be predisposed to contracting melanoma skin cancer, or that are out in the sun a lot, should take aspirin? According to Cancer Researcher Dr. Randall Harris the answer is yes. "In my opinion, it's certainly worth considering taking one of these compounds on a regular basis at a relatively low dose... two or three times per week, especially if you are at risk for developing any one of these malignancies," stated Harris to Reuters.