Could Advil Help Reduce your risk of skin cancer

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is a particularly challenging cancer, given that once you develop it, it only continues to spread. That’s why scientists have looked everywhere for anything that could help minimize it – and the answer might be in your bottle of Advil.

Previously, researchers attempted to prove that taking painkillers could decrease one’s risk for SCC, but their results were inconclusive. Now, however, a new systematic review shows an 18% reduced risk of SCC in participants using NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and aspirin. The reason this makes sense for SCC is because NSAIDs inhibit the enzymes that are involved with the inflammatory nature of SCC, and this may be protective against other types of cancer as well.

You may want to start thinking about taking an NSAID once daily if you’re concerned with taking a preventative measure against SCC. For people with a family history, this is particularly important. However, an appropriate dosage is still being studied, and I can’t say for sure at this point whether an Advil a day will keep SCC at bay!

Nevertheless, I always tell my patients what you probably already know: that wearing zinc sunscreen daily is a great and easy way to reduce both pre-cancers and skin cancers. Since we’re still holding off on an offical dosage of NSAIDs, if there’s one thing you can do, it’s try to prevent the sun from doing any more damage than it probably already has. Incorporating a zinc sunscreen should be of the utmost importance to you. And to make it even easier – grab your bottle of Likewise Daily Moisturizer right here!

Source: Aspirin and Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Can Prevent Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J Invest Dermatol 2014 Dec 18;[EPub Ahead of Print], C Muranushi, CM Olsen, N Pandeya, AC Green

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