A new study suggests that women could lower their risk of developing ovarian cancer by 20 percent with one simple habit: taking aspirin every day.
Researchers analyzed data spanning multiple studies and involving nearly 8,000 women with ovarian cancer and almost 12,000 without to determine how taking aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol), and non-aspirin NSAIDs (like ibuprofen) affect ovarian cancer risk.
For women taking acetaminophen, there was no link to ovarian cancer risk. For woman taking non-aspirin NSAIDs, the risk of ovarian cancer was 10 percent lower — a number that was found not to be statistically significant.
However, one med came out the winner—aspirin. Women who took aspirin daily were found to have a 20 percent lower risk of ovarian cancer than women who took aspirin just once a week. It’s an exciting finding, especially considering that more than 20,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year.
However, researchers stress that the study showed a link, not a cause-and-effect relationship. It’s also important to remember that daily aspirin use can come with side effects — including bleeding in the digestive tract — so it’s important to check in with your doctor before starting an aspirin routine.