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Regular “Aspirin” use may reduce “Cancer” Risk

By S.Sangeetha, B.Pharm, 1st year, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vels University

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Regular usage of aspirin is likely to reduce to overall risk of cancer, a reduction that primarily reflects a lower risk of colorectal cancer and other tumors of the gastrointestinal tracts, finds a new study.

The recurrent use of aspirin reduced the risk of colorectal cancer by 19 percent.


The recurrent use of aspirin reduces the risk of any gastrointestinal caner by 15 percent.  No reduction was seen in the risk of breast prostate or lung cancer

However, the use of aspirin may complement, but not replace the preventive benefits of colonoscopy and other methods of cancer screening, warned the researchers.

“Our findings imply that Aspirin use is expected to prevent a significant number of colorectal cancers beyond those that would be prevented by screening and may have even greater benefit in settings in which the resources to devote to cancer screening are lacking”

Said one of the researchers Andrew chan, associate Professor at Harvard university in U.S.A


A regular usage of aspirin could prevent around 30,000 gastrointestinal tract tumors in the US each year.

It could prevent an additional 7,500 colorectal tumors among US adults over 50, who have endoscopic screening

The research team analyzed 32 years of data from almost 136,000 participants in the Nurses’ Health study and the Health professional’s follow-up study.

The findings of the study published online first in JAMA ONCOLOGY.


The results showed that people, who look either a standard or a low-dose aspirin tablet at least twice a week, ad a 3 percent lower risk of cancer than those who didn’t report regular aspirin use.


The researchers stressed the patients should be well informed about the potential side effects of regular aspirin treatment and continue their regular screening tests. But, aspirin should not be viewed as a substitute for colonoscopy or other cancer screening test, the researchers concluded.



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