Aspirin reduces melanoma risk in women

6:47 PM, Mar 14, 2013   |    comments
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(WZZM) - We use it for headaches and to help prevent heart problems, but a little aspirin could help women against the deadliest form of skin cancer.

"Individuals who take aspirin on a regular basis and not too much, two to three pills a week, have a reduced risk of malignant melanoma," said Dr. Randall Harris with Ohio State University.

A new study done at Stanford University found women who took aspirin on a regular basis reduced their risk of developing melanoma by 21 percent.  Researchers also found the longer a woman used aspirin, the lower her risk.

This research was only done with female participants. All of them were caucasian with light skin. It's not known if the same holds true for men.

Nearly 9,000 people die from melanoma every year according to the American Cancer Society.

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