Aspirin Shown To Help Protect Older Women Against Melanoma

Aspirin melanoma

When you think of taking aspirin on a daily basis you’re probably thinking about the patients who have been directed by their doctors to start a daily dose of aspirin in order to reduce the risk of heart attack.  In addition to the obvious benefits aspirin has on your heart it’s suggested and has been tested in the Women’s Health Initiative study which tracked data from 59,806 postmenopausal white women conducted by Stanford University that older women who take an aspirin daily for five years and longer had a 30% less chance of Melanoma.melanoma-cancer

Medical student Christina A. Gamba discovered that women who had been taking aspirin regularly less than a year had an approximately 11 percent reduced risk of melanoma compared with nonusers. Those taking it 1-4 years had 20 percent lower risk, and those taking it five years or longer had 30 percent lower risk.

Melanoma is a very serious skin cancer that can take the shape of a new mole or a mole that’s changed in color, size or shape.  It’s important to cover your skin or use sunscreen each time you plan on being outside.  Because Melanoma can be hard to notice some people don’t realize they have it until it has spread and metastasis.  Anti-inflammatory agents in aspirin have shown that older women have a lower risk of Melanoma as long as it’s taken daily.  In addition to heart health, anti-inflammatory benefits and reduced risk of Melanoma, aspirin is believed to be a safe yet effective way to work preventatively towards harmful health concerns.

Do you think Aspirin’s anti-inflammatory properties may have played a role in lowering melanoma rates in this study?

Should it be recommended as a treatment for sun burn?

50+UPF Sunny Sleevez


About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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5 Responses to Aspirin Shown To Help Protect Older Women Against Melanoma

  1. Jueseppi B. says:

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    Thank you for this important information Ms. Sunny. I will reblog it to pass it on for other’s to see & share.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I saw this last night on the news, and about six months ago my Oncologist suggested that I take an aspirin a day to possibly prevent recurrence of my melanoma. I took his advice and then was left with a never-ending upset stomach so I gave it up. Frankly, I believe more in ditching the Western Diet, exercise, and avoiding prolonged sun exposure as a cure for all that ails a person – especially cancer. Avoiding a sun burn is best practice, although I can see how many will view the aspirin a day thing as an excuse to go out and get burned as the same way many view eating a Big Mac is okay as long as one orders a diet drink to go with it. Any tan is not a healthy tan, and frankly not worth the risk. I’ve lost an entire year, which is rapidly turning into two…. ahhh the joys of hindsight.

  3. Ron says:

    My wife is a Dermatology Nurse. She knows all about melanoma.

  4. nona4u says:

    whether the risks of taking aspirin for a long time? and how does aspirin work to keep a healthy heart?

  5. you also have to ask the question if they controlled for other factors. Just because women taking aspirin seem to have less chance of melanoma, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the aspirin causing this decrease

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