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Aspirin makes your skin healthy
Research says that aspirin protects the skin against skin cancer and sunspots.
The common painkiller, aspirin may also help lower the incidence of skin cancer, Australian researchers said today. According to a study undertaken by the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, regularly taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin could offer increased protection against skin cancer and sunspots. "We found that people who regularly used aspirin and other NSAIDs had significantly lower risks of developing skin cancer than people who did not use them," researcher David Whiteman said.

"Moreover, we found that among people who had never had skin cancer, those who regularly used aspirin had significantly lower numbers of sunspots." Whiteman said that aspirin-type drugs shut down an enzyme known as cyciooxygenase (COX) which allows some types of skin cancer to develop. "Aspirin blocks the COX enzyme and it just so happens that these enzymes are involved in inflammation... and these enzymes are also used by cancer cells to stimulate blood cells," he told AFP. The latest findings, published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, we taken from a 15-year study of more than 1,600 residents of a southern Queensland. While a clinical trial would need to be done to make the findings conclusive, Whiteman said the indications were that aspirin significantly lowered the risk of skin cancers developing. But people needed to take at least two tablets weekly for at least five years before it had an effect.
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Posted on : 15/11/2005
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