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Researchers: Common pain reliever may reduce risk of Melanoma

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Rebekah Walker visits the dermatologist regularly. The 70 year old has had skin cancer five times, and is at high risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

But the aspirin she takes to combat heart disease may also be lowering her risk of developing melanoma.

A new study in the journal Cancer looked at nearly 60-thousand women over fifty. Researchers found women who used aspirin had a 21-percent lower risk of melanoma. Taking the medication for at least 5 years reduced the risk 30 percent.

The study also looked at other pain medications such as acetaminophen and found those drugs did not lower a woman's risk of melanoma.

Taking aspirin can cause other health problems, including bleeding. Dermatologist Jashin Wu says more research is needed, and urges patients to stick with proven prevention methods.

Walker is following her doctor's advice, but she's also taking aspirin.

And she is hoping, it keeps her out of the doctor's office.

Melanoma is one of three types of skin cancer. Its symptoms can include moles that change color or size, and those that have irregular borders.

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