Common painkillers may reduce risk of skin cancer, says study

Common painkillers may reduce risk of skin cancer, says study

Common painkillers may reduce risk of skin cancer, says study

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Posted on May 30, 2012 at 8:48 AM

(WHAS11) - A new study reveals that a common medication may be tied to lowering a person's risk of a serious disease.

People who take aspirin, ibuprofen, or similar painkillers on a regular basis cut their risk of developing skin cancer by about 15 percent. They protect against the most deadly type of skin cancer, malignant melanoma by 13 percent.

Scientists believe they prevent the production of enzymes, which causes cancer growth.

Researchers looked at records of nearly 200,000 people over a 10 year period.

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