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Arthritis medication has anti skin cancer effects
By Dross at 2010-12-02 23:53
Arthritis medication has anti skin cancer effects

Arthritis sufferers rejoice, your use of the prescription medication celebrex (celexocib), a cox-2 inhibitor, could spare you from some of the sun effects that lead to basal and squamous cell carcinomaterm. According to a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Use of the drug led to a 68 percent reduction in basal cell carcinomas and a 58 percent reduction in squamous cell carcinomas in patients at high risk for skin cancer.

“For individuals who are at very high risk of skin cancer, this may be a method to reduce the number of new tumors they develop, despite the drug’s known side effectsterm,” said Alice Pentland, M.D., study author and chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Non-melanoma skin cancer incidence has been increasing in recent years, and treatment costs are greater than $1.4 billion per year.

Reasons for this effect could be the inhibition of the cancer's ability to invade surrounding tissue, the suppression of the inflammatory environment around the tumor, or it may directly kill the tumor. 

 I know a number of fair-skinned friends who will be very interested in this information.



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