Aspirin could lower melanoma risk in women

March 11, 2013 7:06:51 PM PDT
Aspirin is known to lower the risk of gastric, colorectal and breast cancers, but now new research reveals it may also protect women from melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

Scientists studied nearly 60,000 older Caucasian women.

They're the most likely to develop melanoma.

Those who took aspirin at least twice a week had a 20 percent lower risk of developing melanoma.

For women who took the drug five years or more: their risk dropped 30 percent.

This study is published in the journal Cancer.