Take Aspirin to Ward of Melanoma
Science has managed to patch up the ozone layer a bit, but ultra violet rays are still assaulting our DNA and causing squamous cell carcinoma and actinic keratosis (a pre-cancerous skin condition).
Use all the sunscreen you want, but unless you zinc oxide yourself up so you look like the fourth member of the Blue Man group, your skin-cell DNA is slowly being fricasseed by sunshine.
Plain old aspirin might be able to help, though.
Sun-baked Australians, who take things like skin cancer personally, have found that people who used aspirin at least twice a week for five years saw their risk of skin cancer reduced by 60%, while those that had used it daily for at least 5 years saw a reduction of 90%. These benefits allegedly start to show up after as little as one year of use.
Furthermore, another study published in the journal Cancer found that 60,000 Caucasian women who had taken aspirin at least a couple of times a week were 20% less likely to develop melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
Just take one or two baby aspirin every day (or adult low-dose aspirin) to give yourself some added protection.
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- Christina A. Gamba, Swetter, Susan, et al. "Aspirin is associated with low melanoma risk among postmenopausal Caucasian women." Cancer, 11 March 2013.