Common painkillers may protect against skin cancer

May 29, 2012 2:37:38 PM PDT
Common painkillers may protect against skin cancer.

In a new study from Denmark, people who had taken aspirin, ibuprofen, and related painkillers, especially at high doses and for years at a time, were less likely to get skin cancer compared to those who rarely used those medications.

The findings add to growing evidence that long-term use of the medications known as "non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs," may help protect people against skin cancers including melanoma, the deadliest type.


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