Today’s Headlines: Aspirin May Prevent Melanoma, Inadequate Ovarian Cancer Care and More

Aspirin May Reduce Risk of Melanoma in Older Women: Regular doses of aspirin may not only lower your risk of heart attacks, but it may also lower the risk of melanoma in some women. After surveying 60,000 Caucasian women between the ages of 50 and 79, those who reported taking aspirin at least twice a week showed a 21% lower risk of melanoma than the women who didn’t take aspirin at all. “The longer they stayed on aspirin, the lower the risk,” the researchers noted. (Time)

Ovarian Cancer Patients “Receive Inadequate Care”: A study that was recently presented to the Society of Gynecologic Oncology reveals that “most women with ovarian cancer receive inadequate care and miss out on treatments that could add a year or more to their lives.”  Ovarian cancer, the fifth leading cause of cancer death among women, kills 15,000 women a year in the United States. The authors of the study suggest the inadequate care comes from physicians who normally see “few cases of the disease and lack expertise in the complex surgery and chemotherapy that can prolong life.” (New York Times)

Americans Becoming Increasingly Sedentary: A study of 240,000 adults found that despite their habits of moderate-to-vigorous exercise, “sedentary time spent outside the workplace has increased by around 40% between 1965 and 2009.” Much of that sedentary time is spent in front of the television or computer, which has been correlated with higher rates of death from cardiovascular disease. (Wall Street Journal)