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More About Aspirin and Cancer

More About Aspirin and Cancer

Harvard researchers have discovered a connection between aspirin and cancer.   They found that taking 100 mg of aspirin every other day reduces your chances of getting cancer. Research indicated that taking a low dose of aspirin every other day reduced a person’s chances of getting bowel cancer by 43 percent. The study also showed a 36 percent reduction in stomach cancer in patients that took the aspirin treatment.  With these studies the connection between aspirin and cancer prevention is gathering momentum.


Taking Aspirin Reduces the Risk of Cancer

In the Harvard study half of the women were given aspirin and the other half were given a placebo. The women were studied for 10 years and there were no significance differences in the instances of cancer. Then the women were revisited 8 years later and there was a huge difference.  It is not yet clear why aspirin works to prevent cancer, although the first thought goes towards the role of aspirin in inhibiting the C0x-2 enzyme, that may have a role in oncogenesis.   The impact is certainly enough to warrant future research.


The Evidence is in: Aspirin and Cancer

So the evidence shows that taking an aspirin every other day works to prevent cancer.  However, the researchers do not want people to just start taking aspirin every day or every other day. They say that there needs to be more research done in order to study the potential risks of side effects from taking too much aspirin, especially long term.

Researchers believe that identifying patients with the risk factors for developing cancer should be done first. Then a more targeted approach should be the focus of further research. This could prevent people suffering needlessly from stomach bleeding and other possible side effects.

The study suffered from some obvious limitations.  First, it was restricted to women and, second, it only looked at colon and stomach cancer. While researchers believe that the results should transfer to men and possibly other cancers, there is no evidence to prove this.

There is additional research conducted at Oxford University that says that taking aspirin every day reduces the likelihood of developing cancer by 37 percent.  The research shows that not only does aspirin prevent people from developing cancer, it also slows the spread of cancer in patients once they have been diagnosed.

Like any treatment protocols, the use of aspirin for cancer cannot be viewed in isolation to other factors, especially for a multivariate disease such as cancer.

Does this mean that Hope4Cancer endorses the use of aspirin as a preventitive or a treatment for cancer?  No.  Like everyone else, we are waiting for more conclusive evidence to emerge, especially given that aspirin that could have potentially important negative side effects.  However, one of our goals in this blog is to bring you trending information in the world of cancer research.  Aspirin is certainly one of them.



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