Painkiller Protection?

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Story Updated: Jun 12, 2012

Can common painkillers protect you from the harmful rays of the sun? Perhaps.

A new study suggests that aspirin and other painkillers may help save you from two common forms of skin cancer.

Scientists in Denmark and the US looked at medical records to see if the medications might decrease the risk of the three major types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and deadly malignant melanoma.

When compared against prescription data...those who had filled more than two prescriptions for NSAIDS had a 15-percent decreased risk for developing squamous cell carcinoma... and a 13 percent decreased risk for developing malignant melanoma.

The study, just published in CANCER, the journal of the American Cancer Society, shows that skin cancer prevention may actually be added to the benefits of some of these commonly used medications.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV, with the news that doctors are reading; health news that matters to you.

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