An aspirin a day is well known for preventing heart problems and strokes- but now a new study released this week in the journal Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology is suggesting the an aspirin a day (75mg‘s or more) can keep the cancer away. This in from CNN Health News:
The report released this week looked at recent studies of aspirin’s impact on cancer prevention. In March, two studies published in the Lancet and one in Lancet Oncology suggested that aspirin could have protective effects against various types of cancer.
“Recently published meta-analyses of results from randomized trials of daily aspirin treatment to prevent vascular events… have provided provocative evidence that daily aspirin at doses of 75 mg and above might lower both overall cancer incidence and overall cancer mortality,” wrote Michael Thun, vice president emeritus of epidemiology and surveillance research for the American Cancer Society and the co-authors in the article.
They looked at the results of six trials in which the group taking daily aspirin had approximately a 20% reduction in cancer incidence between three and five years, and a 30% reduction after more than five years.
“Even a 10% reduction in overall cancer incidence from aspirin treatment would substantially broaden the indication for treatment in populations at average risk,” the authors wrote.
The mechanics of how aspirin works in cancer prevention is not known. It appears that the chemopreventive effects occur at low doses (75-160 milligram) and using a higher does not seem to provide greater protection. read whole article here
This report however is not “new news.” Here’s some more evidence from a British study led by Professor Peter Rothwell at Oxford University back in 2010- compiling data from “eight separate trials on aspirin which together included 25,570 patients taking the drug regularly for on average four years.”
An Aspirin a day,75 mg or more- Can Keep The Cancer Away
The team also found that “all cause mortality” was reduced by 10 per cent for those taking a 75mg dose of the drug. A normal over-the-counter pill contains 300mg.
For individual cancers the effect could be even stronger. The 20-year risk for prostate cancer was reduced by about 10 per cent, for lung cancer 30 per cent, bowel cancer 40 per cent and oesophageal or throat cancer by 60 per cent.
The study, published in the Lancet, suggests greater aspirin use could potentially save thousands of lives a year in relation to cancer alone. Combined, all cancers claim more than 150,000 lives in Britain every year, while cardiovascular disease accounts for some 200,000 deaths.
Prof Peter Elwood, of Cardiff University’s School of Medicine, conducted the first trial into the effect of aspirin on heart disease in the 1970s, started taking the drug about that time. Now 80, he believes the risks are “trivial” compared with the benefits. ”It is very exciting evidence and should be investigated more fully,” he said. ”It really is a remarkable drug.”
It is just latest claim for aspirin which was formulated as a painkiller more than a century ago. It is now linked with helping in diseases ranging from heart disease to cancer to dementia. Advocates believe that its active ingredient is akin to a vitamin that almost everybody should take, as our modern diet does not provide it.
It is thought that it works in cancer because it boosts the body’s ability to root out, repair or kill rogue cells that can develop into cancer. For heart disease it thins the blood and reduces the risk of clotting. The researchers believe that the optimal time for taking the tablet would be between 45 and 75 years old – before which the risk of cancer is to low – and after which the risk of internal bleeding is too high.
If taken with milk at night it could be even more effective as calcium is thought to boost aspirin’s effect and the active ingredient of the pill is more powerful during sleep. They believe that it would be effective against breast and ovarian cancers but there were too few patients studied to get a definitive result.
“Perhaps the most important finding for the longer-term is the proof of principle that cancers can be prevented by simple compounds like aspirin and that ‘chemoprevention’ is therefore a realistic goal for future research with other compounds,” said Prof Rothwell. read more
Aspirin which is a drug (derived from the bark of a willow tree), is the one pain relieving drug I will take as opposed to Ibuprofen, Tylenol or other more synthetic pain relievers. As with all recommendations we make here at Holistic Remedies News, please consult a health care professional before taking aspirin, even with the low dose of 75 mg.
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