Common painkillers might reduce skin cancer risk

May 29, 2012 2:53:23 PM PDT
They're called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs. Most people know them as medicine cabinet staples such as aspirin, Motrin and Aleve.

A new study finds they appear to significantly lower the risk for developing several major forms of skin cancer.

Also, scientists say the apparent protective impact of both prescription and non prescription NSAIDs on skin cancer risk seems to be stronger the longer someone takes them.

The study appears in the journal cancer.

Scientists speculate NSAIDs may offer some measure of protection by specifically impeding the cancer causing activities of a specific enzyme.