Move over aspirin. Ibuprofen is competing for the “miracle drug” crown — and at the rate it’s making ridiculous new claims, it might just get it.
Based on a half-baked study, researchers are now claiming that ibuprofen can reduce your risk of skin cancer. But this claim just doesn’t hold water.
After looking at nine studies, researchers found that ibuprofen use might reduce squamous cancer risk by about 15 per cent. However, the fact is squamous cancer is extremely rare. It’s also highly treatable, poses little danger to your health and the chance of it metastasizing (spreading to other sites in the body by metastasis) is about the same as getting hit by lightning…
So, as you can see there is absolutely no need to even think of preventing this type of skin cancer by popping ibuprofen.
Apart from this botched study, another reason to avoid ibuprofen is because of the bleeding risk these drugs present. I’m talking a whole lot of risk with very little reward. That’s because nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen may cause ulcers, bleeding, or holes in the stomach or intestine. Yes holes!
These problems may happen without warning symptoms, and may even cause death. The risk may be higher for people who take NSAIDs for a long time, are older in age, have poor health, or who drink three or more alcoholic drinks per day while taking ibuprofen.
Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Nutrition & Healing
Common Pain Meds May Help Prevent Some Skin Cancer, webmd.com