Archive for April, 2007

Daily Long-Term Use of Adult-strength Aspirin May Reduce Cancer Risk by About 15%

According to the American Cancer Society, “A large analysis by American Cancer Society researchers suggests that daily long-term use of adult-strength aspirin may reduce cancer risk by about 15% in both men and women. Daily aspirin use is often recommended for preventing heart disease and stroke in people at high risk of these problems. The aspirin-cancer link has been widely studied, but researchers have not been able to come to any firm conclusion about whether it is useful for cancer prevention. In animals, aspirin inhibits the development of many types of cancer, including colorectal, breast, prostate, lung, bladder, and skin. Studies on people have been harder to interpret. Some have shown that aspirin can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer and polyps (growths that can lead to cancer). Others have linked aspirin use to lower risk of stomach and esophageal cancer, as well as breast, prostate, and lung cancer. Still others have found no effect on cancer at all.”

Source: American Cancer Society, April 2007