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Aspirin: a solution for the fight against cancer

Another benefit of aspirin?. The analysis of two studies confirm the anticancer virtues of the famous anti-inflammatory. Without replacing them, it might even be a complement to preventive benefits of some screening procedures, such as colonoscopy.

“We can now recommend to many people to consider taking the aspirin to reduce their risk of colorectal cancer, “said Dr. Andrew Chan, head of the clinical epidemiology unit at Massachusetts General hospital (MGH), a lead author of the study. He continues: “The results of our work indicate that aspirin can prevent a significant number of colorectal cancers in addition to those that can be prevented through screening it can prevent further among populations do not benefit from colonoscopy.”

19% lower risk

the results of the studies show that people who take aspirin at least twice weekly, low-dose (one tablet 500mg per week or quarter a day), reduce by 19% their risk of developing colorectal cancer by 15% and all other tumors of the gastrointestinal area. Protective effects which are felt after five years of continuous use.

The issue is significant because the researchers estimate that regularly took aspirin could prevent up to 30,000 cancers gastrointestinal per year and 7,500 colorectal tumors in people over 50 who have colonoscopies and 9800 of these cancers among the estimated 30 million people do not benefit from such screening.

A miracle cure ?

This study showed no reduction in risk of breast cancer, lung or prostate. But in September 2014, a previous was interested in the effectiveness of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as aspirin or ibuprofen) against prostate cancer. And the result is interesting. Those who took a drug in this group saw their risk of developing prostate cancer 13% lower than the others. A decrease which reached 17% for the most aggressive cancers.

And aspirin still have another virtue. Therapeutic trials have shown that regular intake of low-dose aspirin reduced by about 25% the risk of relapse in people who have had a first heart attack. That’s not all. It would also help to improve the survival of patients with gastrointestinal cancer. In September 2015, MetroNews relayed a study on this. The researchers then found that taking daily aspirin allowed patients with gastrointestinal cancer to double their chance of survival four years after diagnosis.

Beware of side effects!

Please note, these results do not mean that you should rush to your medicine cabinet and take an aspirin every day for breakfast. This self-medication has certain dangers. So a drug in moderation and always supervised by a doctor. Not recommended during breastfeeding and against-indicated from the 5th month of age, aspirin prevents blood clotting.

Experts warn against the potential risk of bleeding because aspirin thins the blood . It may also be responsible for anemia, stomach ulcers, dizziness and headaches in some cases of overdose and abdominal pain.

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