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NSAIDs Won't Shield Against Skin Cancer
Date:2/15/2010

tanning beds and sun lamps."

Dr. Alfred I. Neugut, head of cancer prevention and control at Columbia University's cancer center in New York City, also found the study's results unsurprising.

"Cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma is not your typical, run-of-the-mill cancer," noted Neugut, who is also co-director of cancer prevention at New York Presbyterian Hospital. "While it's one of the most common cancers -- maybe the most common -- it's not aggressive, not systemic, and related almost exclusively to sun exposure. So it is not really in the same category of cancers as, say, colorectal cancer or breast cancer."

Neugut added, "The fact that they found [NSAID use] has no effect is logical."

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For additional information on skin cancer risk, visit the American Cancer Society.



SOURCES: Maryam M. Asgari, M.D., M.P.H., investigator, division of research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Oakland, California; Eric Jacobs, PhD, strategic director of pharmaco-epidemiology, American Cancer Society, Atlanta; Alfred I. Neugut, M.D., PhD, head of cancer prevention and control, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbia University, and co-director, cancer prevention, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York City; Feb. 15, 2010, online Archives of Dermatology


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