Aspirin reduces the risk of cancer

Aspirin reduces the risk of cancer

Daily aspirin intake reduces the risk of development and mortality from colon, stomach and esophagus cancer, according to a survey of British scientists from the Cancer Foundation Cancer Research UK. Long-term aspirin in lower doses in healthy middle-aged for about one-third reduces the risk of cancer mortality. It turned out that people who have heart problems and take low-dose aspirin also had a lower risk of cancer, the Daily Mail reports.

If everyone in the UK aged 50-64 years taking aspirin during the ten years per year could save 6,000 lives - 4,000 men and 2,000 women - said in the conclusion of the study.

It is estimated that in the period of 20 years 130,357 deaths due to cancer and 9473 of a heart attack could be avoided. But long-term use of aspirin has harmful side effects such as internal bleeding and stroke. As the study suggests 122,000 lives can be saved, and states that they are 18,000 due to the side effects can be lost. But experts say it is still much smaller number of deaths due to adverse events compared with deaths associated with cancer.

For every 1,000 people taking aspirin for ten years, will be saved 17 lives, and will cause two deaths - according to research published in the journal Lancet Oncology.

Author of the research team, Professor Jack Cuzick and head of the Center for Cancer Prevention at Queen Mary University of London, said that a daily dose of 75 mg, which represents a quarter of the standard pills of 300 mg, is sufficient to prevent cancer.
It has been shown that the daily use of aspirin for a ten year interval decreases the development of diseases and death from colon, stomach and esophagus cancer by 30 to 40 percent.

Aspirin has a much smaller impact on other types of cancer, but reduces the risk of lung cancer and prostate cancer for 5 to 10 percent and breast cancer by 10 percent. The use of aspirin also reduces the risk of heart attack by 18 percent and 5 percent less likely to die of a heart attack.

Although there are some serious side effects that can not be ignored, after stopping smoking and reducing obesity, the daily intake of aspirin is the most important thing one can do to protect themselves from cancer.

Given that the risk of internal bleeding increases in elderly people, Cuzick proposes that the usage of aspirin is stopped after ten years of intake. The downside of long-term use of aspirin is an increased risk of ulcers for 30 to 60 percent and hemorrhagic stroke by 5 percent which is why scientists point out that the prior use was best to consult with a doctor. Regularly taking aspirin during the forties of life maximize the effect this drug on preventing cancer.

Taking aspirin in age, when they begin to develop and precancerous lesions, may be the best way to stop the progression of the disease in aggressive cancer. Since the risk of serious side effects of aspirin significantly increases after sixty years of age, long-term aspirin intake before this age helps to reduce side effects - concluded Cuzick.

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