Melanoma is a very serious and potentially deadly skin cancer. According to the CDC, the skin cancer incident rate for Kansans was 20.4 to 23 per 100,000 in 2009. This is on the higher end of the spectrum, though not the worst compared to other states. Sunny California ranked lower than Kansas, interesting to note since the leading cause of skin cancer is exposure to UV rays.
The study of data from almost 60,000 women over 12 years found that regular aspirin users were 21 per cent less likely to develop skin cancer than non-users.
This is good news for moms with a family history of skin cancer, but that shouldn't be the only preventative measure taken. A good UV sunscreen helps, as well as a diet high in antioxidants. Avoidance of alcohol and smoking can also reduce skin cancer risk. Not only does it helps moms stay healthy, but it sets a good model for their children.
As with anything, discuss with your doctor whether you should take aspirin.