Tampa dermatologist adds NSAID pain relievers to list of cancer preventative measures

New study shows the common pain relieving medicine can reduce risk for developing melanoma.
(PR NewsChannel) / July 14, 2011 / Tampa, Fla. 

A new study links the same over-the-counter medicine used to treat headaches with a reduced risk for the deadly skin cancer, melanoma. Tampa dermatologist Dr. Seth Forman says long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs, like aspirin and ibuprofen, have newly discovered medical benefits.

Forman says that adding daily NSAIDs can help prevent melanoma, a cancer that claimed over 8,000 lives last year. The Tampa dermatologist believes this is a substantial advance in the medical community, but warns against overlooking common prevention techniques, like daily sunscreen use.

“This should be considered an addition to preventative measures currently in place,” says Forman. “This new method will not remove the risk completely.”

The study, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, discovered those who use NSAID pain relievers for five or more years had a 49% decreased risk for developing melanoma. The same study showed a 43% decrease among non-NSAID users.

The Tampa dermatologist knows the dangers of melanoma and offers these tips to protect yourself from sunlight’s damaging ultraviolent rays:
- Apply a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, every day.
- Avoid using indoor tanning devices.
- Minimize sun exposure, especially during the summer.
- Wear protective clothing, including a hat and sunglasses.

About Dr. Seth Forman: Dr. Forman has two Tampa dermatology offices; one in Carrollwood and the other in Downtown Tampa. He opened the Tampa Psoriasis Center in his Carrollwood office in 2010. The center gives psoriasis sufferers access to the latest treatment options, including topical and oral medications, as well as biological and phototherapy. Dr. Forman is one of the few Tampa dermatologists to offer narrowband light therapy, which uses pharmaceutical grade light to suppress psoriasis.
For more on Dr. Seth Forman or Tampa dermatology, please visit www.formanderm.com.

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