Cancer: Aspirin Found To Reduce Overall Cancer Risk

By: Natasha Mahesh, 2016-05-08 14:45:00.0Category:  Awareness
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A group of Harvard Scientists reported that taking low-dose aspirin every day may lower the overall risk of cancer by 3 percent. The study was published by Jama Oncology and concluded that long-term aspirin use was associated with a modest but significantly reduced risk for overall cancer, especially gastrointestinal tract tumors. Regular aspirin use may prevent a substantial proportion of colorectal cancers and complement the benefits of screening. The researchers analyzed 32 years’ worth of data from almost 136,000 participants in the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. They found that participants who reported regular aspirin use (define as a standard or a low-dose aspirin tablet at least twice a week) had a 3 percent absolute lower risk of any type of cancer than did those not reporting regular aspirin use. Regular aspirin use reduced the risk of colorectal cancer by 19 percent and the risk of any gastrointestinal cancer by 15 percent. No effect was seen in the risk of breast, prostate, or lung cancer. In addition, the protective benefit appeared after five years of continuous use at dosages ranging from 0.5 to 1.5 standard tablets a week or one low-dose tablet a day. The researchers estimate that regular aspirin use could prevent close to 30,000 gastrointestinal tract tumors in the United States each year.

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