According to an American study, a low regular dose of aspirin could reduce the risk of growing particular types of cancer or dying from the distemper. The experiment was recently presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Washington, DC.
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School appraise the benefits of aspirin on cancer risk in more than 86,000 women over 32 years and nearly 44,000 men over 26 years.
Participants in the study took research doses of the drug, around 81mg per day on approximate, for at least six years.
The study showed taking a low dose (81 mg) of aspirin for six or more years – from less than two tablets per week up to a tablet a day – was attached with a serious decrease in cancer risk, mainly for colorectal, lung, breast and prostate cancers.
Aspirin arrived to be most beneficial in decrease the risk of colorectal cancers, with a 31% reduction in women and a 30% reduction in men.
The risk of dying from cancer also drop.Women who used aspirin were 11% less likely to die of breast cancer, while men had a 23% lower risk of dying from prostate cancer. Overall, those who regularly used aspirin were 7% to 11% less likely to die of cancer over the next few decades, the study reports.
When an injury or an sickness causes incurable inflammation, lasting for months or even years, the environment can become ideal for many kinds of cancer cells to reveal and prosper. The study authors interpret that aspirin may help lessen cancer risk and the spread of the disease by blocking this mechanism.
People aged 50 to 69 years old with no increased risk of hemorrhage, and with a life expectancy of at least 10 years who are prepared to take low doses of aspirin every day (70 to 81 mg) are likely to benefit the most from this kind of preventative use, according to the latest recommendations from independent experts at the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF).
However, taking aspirin isn’t without risk, the study’s authors warn. Side effects can lead to stomach ulcers and stomach bleeding. These risks increase with age, regular alcohol spending and when receiving certain other medications.
It is therefore significant to see a doctor before embarking on a regular aspirin regimen, to help assess whether the convenience may outweigh the drawbacks in each specific case.