Painkillers : nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug

June 25th, 2008 - 5:43 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Lab evidence hints the painkillers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs could play a role in preventing melanoma.

Dr. Maryam M. Asgari at Kaiser Permanente Northern California in Oakland and colleagues analyzed data on approximately 64,000 white individuals aged 50-76 years with no history of melanoma when they enrolled between 2000 and 2002. The use of NSAIDs , includes aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib for the last 10 years.

“After adjusting for melanoma risk factors and indications for NSAID use, no association between NSAID use and melanoma risk was found,” Asgari’s group reports. They also discerned no link between the dose of any NSAID and the aggressiveness of melanomas.

“The search must continue for a good chemopreventive agent for melanoma,” the researchers conclude.

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