Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
05 January 2015 09:30
Aspirin can lower the risk of developing skin cancer, researchers say
New research from Australia suggests that regularly taking anti-inflammatory drugs can help lower the risk of developing skin cancer.
It has long been thought that aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen are linked to lower rates of colon cancer, along with certain other forms, but so far there has been no conclusive evidence that the same applies to skin cancer.
Following a review of all available studies on the issue, experts said regularly taking NSAIDs can help reduce the risk of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) - the most common form of skin cancer - by almost a fifth (18%).
People who took NSAIDs other than aspirin, such as ibuprofen, were found to have a 15% lower risk of developing SCC, the researchers said.
However, the best way to avoid skin cancer is still to use sun screen and avoid too much exposure to the sun - for example during a beach holiday. Those suffering from skin cancer should not be put off from travelling abroad, but may consider taking out special travel insurance before embarking on their trip.
The researchers say the findings, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, are the best evidence so far that NSAIDs help prevent SCC.
But they say it is hard to account for other factors such as people's exposure to the sun or how many NSAIDs they take.
Key facts about skin cancer
Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world, with more than 100,000 people diagnosed in the UK each year
The most common skin cancers are non-melanoma, which develop in the skin over a long period of time
The first sign of non-melanoma skin cancer tends to be the emergence of a lump or patch on the skin that does not heal after a few weeks
You can reduce your chances of developing the condition by avoiding overexposure to UV light - including sunbeds and sunlamps
20 October 2016
Thousands of passengers faced travel chaos yesterday after rail service through the Channel Tunnel was suspended because of a power failure.
19 October 2016
People planning holidays from Gatwick Airport in the run up to Christmas could face travel chaos as unions threaten to strike over a pension dispute.
18 October 2016
Eurostar has said it will cut 12 services from London St Pancras to Paris and Brussels.
15 October 2016
Tourists in Thailand are being advised to "behave respectfully" and wear "sombre" clothing as the country mourns King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
14 October 2016
Holidaymakers are being warned to buy currency in advance as exchange rates being offered are as little as 0.96 euro to the pound at airports.
13 October 2016
Scientists say there is strong evidence air pollution and vitamin D deficiency can cause dementia.
12 October 2016
More people are going on holiday than at any time in the past five years despite terror attacks and the impact of Brexit, according to a study.
11 October 2016
People from across North Carolina had to be rescued from their homes as the downgraded Hurricane Matthew blew out to sea - leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
04 October 2016
People travelling abroad is on the rise, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
08 October 2016
A hurricane pelting the coast of Florida and described as a 'monster' by a local official has brought chaos to the state, with flights cancelled, homes evacuated and theme parks shut.
07 October 2016
Low-cost airline easyJet says its profits will nosedive as terrorist attacks and air traffic control strikes are taking their toll on the company.
06 October 2016
Ryanair will recruit more than 3,500 staff next year, including pilots and cabin crew, as it plans to add 50 new aircraft to its fleet.