NSAIDS May Reduce Skin Cancer Risk

Skin cancers are more prevalent among those of us who are exposed to ultraviolet light over a period of time. Exposure to the sun and other types of ultraviolet light rays can create skin lesions that tend to grow over time, if left untreated. NSAIDS or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have been recently studied for their positive effects on skin cancers.

NSAIDS are used to treat pain and inflammation. This type of over-the-counter medication is often prescribed for arthritis. Aspirin and ibuprofen are two forms of anti-inflammatory drugs that are pain relievers that help to prevent blood clotting, also. Aspirin, or an NSAID drug that is used on a regular basis, has been directly tied to a reduction in squamous cell carcinoma, or the second most prevalent form of skin cancer. Using an anti-inflammatory medication helps to heal the skin cancer lesions that are the beginning stages of skin cancers.

The Journal of Investigative Dermatology has published several reports that have led to this conclusion. Aspirin was used alone, along with aspirin and an additional NSAID drug. The study results indicated that a pain reliever, along with a topical NSAID, produced the more effective healing results for pre-cancer lesions. This is a study Bruce Levenson will monitor closely.

Clinical trials are necessary to support these preliminary research findings. The recommended method of skin cancer prevention remains avoidance of sun exposure. Further studies with the Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane, Australia, are being completed.


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