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Daily dose of aspirin reduces cancer risk

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I take 81mg aspirin daily (the “aspirin regimen” size) as most diabetics do: help with heart disease, which my cardiologist tells me is what finally gets most diabetics. But it turns out to be good as a cancer preventative as well. Roni Rabin reports in the NY Times:

Taking aspirin every day may significantly reduce the risk of many cancers and prevent tumors from spreading, according to two new studies published on Tuesday.

The findings add to a body of evidence suggesting that cheap and widely available aspirin may be a powerful if overlooked weapon in the battle against cancer. But the research also poses difficult questions for doctors and public health officials, as regular doses of aspirin can cause gastrointestinal bleeding and other side effects. Past studies have suggested that the drawbacks of daily use may outweigh the benefits, particularly in healthy patients.

One of the new studies examined patient data from dozens of large, long-term randomized controlled trials involving tens of thousands of men and women. Researchers at the University of Oxford found that after three years of daily aspirin use, the risk of developing cancer was reduced by almost 25 percent when compared with a control group not taking aspirin. After five years, the risk of dying of cancer was reduced by 37 percent among those taking aspirin.

A second paper that analyzed five large randomized controlled studies in Britain found . . .

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Written by LeisureGuy

21 March 2012 at 10:57 am

Posted in Health, Medical, Science

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