Men Who Take Daily Aspirin at Higher Risk for Melanoma

Source: Cure Today, June 2018

Aspirin is reported to reduce the risk of certain cancers, such as gastric, colon, prostate and breast. However, study findings published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology showed that once-daily aspirin use can increase the risk of melanoma in men — nearly double that of men who do not use aspirin each day.

Researchers from Northwestern Medicine examined medical records of almost 200,000 patients, aged 18 to 89, who were aspirin-exposed (either dose of 81 or 325 milligrams) for at least one year between January 2005 and December 2006 or aspirin-unexposed, which was used as the control group. None of the patients had a history of melanoma.

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