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Aspirin could cut skin cancer risk, study says

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A surprising way to try and prevent skin cancer may be right in your medicine cabinet.

A new study says taking an aspirin a day can cut your risk by up to 13 percent.

"In cancer it is thought there is inflammation and chronic inflammation can lead to certain types of cancer," explains Dr. Suraj Venna, director of the Melanoma Center at Medstar Washington Hospital.

Venna says aspirin can target a specific enzyme, which may reduce cancer risk.

"You can slow down cell growth, you can cause cells to go into...programmed cell death," Venna continues.

The latest research out of Denmark found drugs like aspirin, naproxen and ibuprofen might decrease the risk of developing three major types of skin cancer, including melanoma. Odds were even better when patients took the drug over several years.

But, doctors say an aspirin a day doesn't mean you can put the sunblock away.

Venna says, "I think it is added benefit, but I don't think I would totally stop using sunscreen. That is ridiculous."

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