One of the largest studies of its kind has shown promising findings that regular use of aspirin may lower the risk of developing melanoma. An agressive form of cancer that invades skin cells, many melanomas can turn deadly. Melanoma has been increasing dramatically in prevalence and has become one of the most worrisome cancers because of this. One in 50 will develop melanoma in their lifetime, and the average lifespan for those with advanced melanoma is only one year. It is the fastest growing cancer all around the world.
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While this news is promising, daily use of aspirin does carry it's own risks. For many years "baby" doses of aspirin has been recommended for men and women who have cardiovascular disease or are at risk for it. While it cannot be said with certainty that the risk of taking aspirin would outweight the potential benefit, it is an option worth discussing with your physician.
How to Spot Melanoma:
- A change on the skin. This could be a new spot, or a change in color, shape or size of a current spot.
- A sore that doesn't heal.
- A spot or sore that becomes painful, itchy, tender or bleeds.
- A spot or lump that looks shiny, waxy, smooth or pale.
- A firm red lump that bleeds or appears ulcerated or crusty.
- A flat, red spot that is rough, dry or scaly.
RESOURCES FOR MORE INFORMATION:
American Cancer Society - Melanoma Skin Cancer
Mayo Clinic - Melanoma Pictures To Help Identify Skin Cancer (Slide Show)
Melanoma Research Foundation: What Is Melanoma
Skin Cancer Foundation - Melanoma Information
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Dr. Robert N. Young is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with over 30 years of experience. His San Antonio practice includes a AAAASF accredited outpatient Surgery Center staffed with qualified Registered Nurses, Anesthesiologists and surgical technicians.
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