Melanoma Risk Lower in Women using Aspirin

Melanoma Risk Lower in Women using AspirinA recent research has shown that women who take aspirin on regular basis are at a lower risk of developing deadly skin cancer called melanoma. Conducted in America, the research followed some 60,000 women for 12 years.

These women were of ages between 50 and 79 years. Researchers concluded that the women consuming aspirin regularly were at 21% lower risk of developing the deadly disease as compared to women who didn't use aspirin.

The risk was lower as long as the women used aspirin, said researchers. Currently, Australia has the highest rate of melanoma across the world. Alecia Brooks from the Cancer Institute of New South Wales called the research interesting but warned that covering from sun is still the best way to remain protected against the disease.

The study didn't examine the effect of aspirin on men. It was published in the Journal of Cancer and was a part of Women health Initiative in the US. In the UK, some 13,000 people are diagnosed with the disease every year and 2,200 deaths are caused by it annually.

"Aspirin works by reducing inflammation and this may be why using aspirin may lower your risk of developing melanoma", explained Dr. Jean Tang, study leader.