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Study Says Aspirin Can Cut Skin Cancer Risk

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NEW YORK (CBS NEWS) - Taking common painkillers such as aspirin, Advil and Aleve may reduce a person’s chances of developing skin cancer, a new study finds.

For the study, researchers looked at medical records from nearly 179,000 individuals from Northern Denmark that were collected between 1991 and 2002. The researchers were looking to see if taking the medications, collectively called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), reduced a person’s risk of developing the three major kinds of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma.

Previous studies have tied taking NSAIDs to protective benefits against cancer, including research published in March that found taking aspirin everyday reduced a person’s risk for deadly cancers of the colon, lungs, prostate or breast. Aspirin has also been called a “wonder drug” because of its protective benefits against heart attack and stroke in those who take it daily.

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