A study on regular aspirin consumption revealed that regularly taking the drug in lower doses can prevent cancer-related deaths. It was also mentioned that aspirin can effectively reduce heart attacks and strokes.
Experts announced a medical breakthrough in regards to cancer during the American Association for Cancer Research meeting in Washington last Monday. One of the instructors, Yin Cao, revealed the possible benefits of long-term regular aspirin consumption and its effects on cancer.
A study was done involving 86,000 women from the Nurses' Health Study and 43,000 men who were part of the Health Professionals Follow-up study. Cao pointed out that almost 8,200 women and 4,600 men died of cancer in a span of 32 years.
Among the subjects, death risks decreased by 7 percent for women who regularly took aspirin and 11 percent for men compared to those who did not. The risk of dying from cancer among men was 15 percent lower and 7 percent lower for women who regularly consume aspirin compared to those who didn't take the drug regularly.
"Evidence has been accumulating very rapidly showing aspirin works in reducing cancer and cardiovascular disease mortality," Cao stated during an interview with CNN. "It is good to remember, though, if a person wants to take a low-dose aspirin, especially if a person has had cancer, they will want to have an initial conversation with their doctor first."
Reports said the claims in regards to the effectivity of aspirin in reducing cancer-related deaths still need more research. It was then added that not everybody can take the drug as there might be allergic reactions for some.
Aside from reducing cancer-related deaths, WebMD mentioned that aspirin can potentially reduce heart attack risks and strokes. Some experts also argued that even though it is commonly known as a "wonder drug," continuous aspirin consumption can potentially weaken the stomach. Dr. Mark Fendrick pointed out that patients should be cautious when it comes to the regular consumption of aspirin.
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