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Daily Aspirin Dose Cuts Cancer Risk, New Study Says

Daily Aspirin Dose Cuts Cancer Risk, New Study Says

A new study suggests that those people who take a low-dose aspirin on a daily basis lower their risks of dying from cancer over a number of years. This newest study finds that risks of dying of cancer are up to 16 percent lower when people took an aspirin every day for an extended period of time.

More specifically, the 16 percent figure reflects an average of all types of cancer. In cases of oesophageal, stomach and colorectal cancer there was a drop in deaths from the disease of about 40 percent, the Raw Story notes. But deaths from other types of cancer not linked to the digestive system still dropped by about 12 percent, which means that an overall 16 percent may be a promising lead in preventative cancer measures.

Original research published back in March by Oxford University researcher Peter Rothwell had originally presented a much more optimistic finding about aspirin’s effect on mortality rates. In that study, he reported that those who took aspirin daily for three years could cut their risk of cancer by 25 percent. This newest study demotes that number to a much more modest figure with variable effects.

This newest study, led by Eric Jacobs, looked at just over 100,000 men and women who had no prior history of cancer. Of course, a myriad of variables play into how the aspirin works. For example, the drug did not reduce lung cancer among smokers because that activity cancels out any positive effects of an aspirin regimen.

Researchers remain wary of using aspirin purely as a cancer prevention treatment at the present moment until further research has been conducted, notes the Telegraph. A great many mysteries remain about how and why aspirin has this effect on the body. Some scientists suggest that it reduces inflammation, and may even help stop cancer cells from sticking to blood platelets.

Although the study shows a general trend, aspirin also comes with other side effects because it is a blood thinner and can cause episodes of bleeding in the stomach, especially in older patients. The mysterious effects of aspirin and the potential harms still need further research in order to flesh out how it may become an effective measure in the fight against cancer.

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7:22PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Oops, make that low "dose" instead of does!! ha ha

7:21PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

@ Sheri P.

Low does would be 81mg, like a chewable baby aspirin.

7:45AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Btw..Bayers are the original makers of this thing who also make pesticides, they have nothing to do with healing. Research the company's background.

7:40AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

This is misinformation. Aspirin thins blood yes, sure - so could arsenic or a toilet cleaner. This was/is a fraudulent claim that has been refuted/ discarded decades ago, yet still being circulated around by irresponsible, misinformed people.

Dear Care2, please choose your heath related article carefully, this can seriously hurt someone...

3:29PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

lies. Aspirin are horrible for health

6:09AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Thank you for the article..

5:15AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

I take an asprin a day after lunch, i know several others who do this.. although there are always risks from taking medication over a long period of time, the risks of not taking it, for some, are greater than those of taking a single low dosage asprin a day.
If there is no need for it though.. i dont see any point in taking it

7:27PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

really? and whose studies are these...bayer's? don't even have an aspirin at home

7:59AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Aspirin is not good stuff. One of it's side effects is promoting cancer. It was never established as a cause but it aided in creating an internal environment for cancer to grow and spread.

Beyond the blood thinning it also robs the body of essential vitamins and minerals. There were also another dozen major side effects that I can't recall off hand.

5:56AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

Tumeric is the #1 cancer fighter in the world. So use it with olive oil, empty the capsule in that or coconut oil every day, will do you wonders.

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