Taking Aspirin Daily May Reduce Cancer Risk, Prevent its Spread


A daily dose of one aspirin may prevent cancer and potentially help treat it or reduce its likelihood of spreading, according to a recent series of studies in the United Kingdom published in the March 20 issue of the journal The Lancet, reported MSNBC.

Millions of Americans already take one aspirin a day to help lower their risk of heart attack and stroke, reported WebMD.

Researchers found people who took aspirin daily for three years were 25 percent less likely to develop cancer than those who did not take the pill regularly.

After five years of taking the drug, people reduced their risk of death by cancer by 40 percent--likely attributable to aspirin's ability to prevent the spread of cancer in some people. A study with an average follow-up of six-and-a-half years found that taking aspirin daily reduced the risk of being diagnosed with cancer that spread to other organs by 36 percent.

Colorectal cancer patients, whose disease remained localized, reduced their risk of the disease spreading the greatest, by 74 percent, reported WebMD.

These findings suggest aspirin is likely "to be an effective additional treatment after the diagnosis of cancer," Dr. Peter Rothwell, one of the study's researchers and a neurologist at the University of Oxford in England, told MyHealthNewsDaily.

Still, taking aspiring daily is not safe for everyone, because it is associated with a risk of suffering internal bleeding in the stomach and brain for some. People with bleeding disorders or a history of ulcers, asthma, or heart failure should not take aspirin, states the Mayo Clinic.

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Submitted by marten on
It's important to treat aspirin with caution. While its anti-cancer prospects is positive news as well as aspirin helping to keep other diseases at bay, we should know that it is acidic. And the older one gets, one should coat their stomach when intaking acidic foods and products. For example, olive oil is beneficial in protecting the stomach lining. Remember when we would be told to coat our stomachs when we drank beer? It's a similar precautionary measure. Also, as one gets older, one's tissues get thinner. This is true of the stomach lining; therefore, it's wise to protect it. If one is careless, bleeding ulcers could result. Then, a lifetime of taking a daily pill to keep that in check! Hope this info will help someone.