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PostSubject: Aspirin Helps Prevent Melanoma in Women?   Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:07 am


New York Times: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/15/aspirin-tied-to-lower-melanoma-risk-in-women/

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Researchers report that a woman’s regular use of aspirin may decrease her risk for melanoma, the most serious kind of skin cancer.

The study, published online in the journal Cancer, included 59,806 women ages 50 to 79. Researchers gathered health and lifestyle data at the start of the study, and the women reported their health in yearly questionnaires over an average 12 years of follow-up. The women brought in their medicine bottles for the researchers to examine and record.

There were 548 incidents of melanoma during the period. After controlling for sun exposure, sunscreen use, a history of skin cancer and many other factors, the researchers found that women who reported using aspirin had an average 21 percent lower risk of melanoma compared with nonusers, and the longer they used aspirin, the lower their risk.

The reasons for the effect are unclear, but the authors suggest that aspirin’s known effect in promoting cell death and activating tumor suppressor genes may be factors.

The senior author, Dr. Jean Y. Tang, an assistant professor of dermatology at Stanford, pointed out that the study was observational and not a clinical trial, and correlation does not equal causation. “It’s an important finding for high-risk women to discuss with their doctors,” she said, “but it’s way too early to recommend that everyone go take aspirin to prevent melanoma.”

I guess men are S-O-L. Actually, the statistical review was of women only.

And Aspirin has it's own drawbacks, with increased bleeding and stomach irritations, among other things.

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