Daily Aspirin Regimen might be beneficial for Preventing Cancer

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(Best Syndication News) - The American Cancer Society has released a new report that suggests aspirin may play a part in reducing the risk for death from cancer. The new information may one day lead to medical professional recommending aspiring for cancer prevention. The report was published online in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology.

Previous research has suggested that taking a daily aspirin could reduce the risk for colorectal cancer and the recurrence of adenomatous polyps. There is a downfall in taking aspirin for bleeding risk. However, a study of cardiovascular trials found that taking 75-100 mg daily also reduced the cancer risk for all types.

Michael J. Thun, M.D., vice president emeritus of epidemiology and surveillance research for the American Cancer Society, led the review that focused on research that investigated aspiring for cancer prevention.

The review found six primary prevention trials of daily low-dose aspirin and found a 20 percent reduction in overall cancer in a 3 to 5 year time when the study began. There was a 30 percent reduction over 5 years. Death from cancer after 5 years was also reduced with those taking aspirin.

The review did not include the Women’s Health Study was a 10-year trial that had the participants taking 100 mg of aspirin every other day. In this trial, no cancer reduction or cancer deaths were found.

The review authors say that aspirin use for cancer prevention still has many important questions to answer. The new research and information does get closer to getting the medical professionals to have this preventive treatment could one day be part of the clinical guidelines. However, first the FDA would have to give approval for this.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter



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