Wednesday, December 10, 2014

An Aspirin a Day Keeps the Cancer Away

Personally I avoid using medicine unless it is very difficult to live without it. However, a study, published in the European cancer journal Annals of Oncology, was led by Jack Cuzick, a professor at the Center for Cancer Prevention at Queen Mary University of London revealed that using “An Aspirin a day Keeps the Cancer Away”. Aspirin can slash the risk of cancer of the digestive tract. Aspirin greatly reduces the risk of developing and dying from bowel, stomach and oesophageal cancer, its authors said.

Research found that taking aspirin for 10 years could cut bowel cancer cases by around 35 percent and deaths by 40 percent. For the currently discussed research, people had to start taking a daily dose of 75-100 mg for at least five years and probably 10 years between the ages of 50 and 65. No benefit was seen while they took aspirin for the first three years, and death rates were only reduced after five years.

“Our study shows that if everyone aged between 50-65 started taking aspirin daily for at least 10 years, there would be a nine-percent reduction in the number of cancers, strokes and heart attacks overall in men and around seven percent in women,” Cuzick said in a press release. “The total number of deaths from any cause would also be lower, by about four percent over a 20-year period. The benefits of aspirin use would be most visible in the reduction in deaths due to cancer.” Cuzick added: “Whilst there are some serious side effects that can’t be ignored, taking aspirin daily looks to be the most important thing we can do to reduce cancer after stopping smoking and reducing obesity, and will probably be much easier to implement.”

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