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Could an Aspirin a Day Keep Cancer Away?

Preventing some forms of cancer may be as simple as adding a small amount of aspirin into the daily routine. While a number of studies are showing the benefits of low-dose aspirin use can have over the long run, the jury is still out on the overall safety of adding aspirin into the routine.

The most recent study that looked at aspirin’s potential cancer-fighting benefits involved more than 130,000 adults. The analysis showed that low-dose aspirin use was linked to a small reduction in overall cancer risk. Reductions were most prominent in regard to colorectal cancers and gastrointestinal cancers.

Aspirin has long been used to reduce heart attack and stroke risks in people who are prone to developing these conditions. The potential extension of aspirin’s benefits on certain forms of cancer has been a topic of research and study for decades. Most studies have found benefits associated with aspirin use and reduced cancer risks.

So, why aren’t doctors recommending low-dose aspirin use for everyone just yet? There are a number of reasons why the jury is still out. First of all, little research has gone into the potential risks that long-term aspirin use may pose. In addition, aspirin is known to have potential side effects that would make its daily use ill-advised for some. For example, it is a known blood thinner and can increase a person’s likelihood to bruise.

Aspirin may very well prove to be beneficial in the fight against cancer. For the time-being, however, it is recommended that people speak with their doctors before adding this into the daily routine. Other proven cancer fighters – proper diet, exercise and maintaining a healthy weight – may offer the risk-cutting boost many people need. To find out more about preventing cancer and personal risks for different form of the disease, speak with a healthcare provider.


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