Aspirin - Skin Cancer

Aspirin's heart benefits are already well-documented, but a new study published in the journal "Cancer" says the over-the-counter painkiller can lower the risk of the most deadly form of skin cancer.

FOX News Radio's Bill Vitka reports:

Women who take aspirin may be able to slash their risk of skin cancer by nearly one-third - the longer they take it, the better, according to a new U.S. study.  Overall, women who take aspirin cut their risk by 21%.  Women who take aspirin for five years lower the rate to 30%.

The don't know how aspirin reduces melanoma risk, but they have some theories.  Cancer cells tend to produce in excess the very same substance that aspirin knocks back.  Aspirin is safe, widely available and cheap.

Bill Vitka, FOX News Radio.