Over-the-counter painkillers may reduce skin cancer risk

December 18, 2014 10:29 PM

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Over-the-counter painkillers may reduce skin cancer risk

Common painkillers, including ibuprofen, might slightly reduce your risk of developing a form of skin cancer, researchers say.

Use of ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) appear to reduce the risk of squamous cell skin cancer by 15 percent, the researchers concluded after reviewing nine prior studies. Squamous cell skin cancer is usually caused by sun exposure.

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