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Aspirin as Cancer Treatment

Posted 5/20/2014

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  This is potentially very exciting news without much of a downside. I have written before about the speculation that aspirin might be a potent cancer treatment. We already know that a daily aspirin is helpful for several other health reasons, including reducing the risk of stroke or heart attack. Now British researchers have suggested that asprin may reduce the risk of death from breast cancer.

  Note carefully: there has not been a clinical trial to test this hypothesis, so any remarks are observational. There is a trial now going on in the UK, but the results won't be ready until 2025. In the meantime, I would suggest that you start with the daily aspirin unless you have other health reasons to contra-indicate its' use. If you are at all uncertain about the safety of daily aspirin for you, talk with your doctor first.

  From The New York Times:

A Cancer Treatment in Your Medicine Cabinet?

WE believe that it might be possible to treat breast cancer — the leading cause of female cancer
death — with a drug that can already be found in nearly every medicine cabinet in the world:
In 2010, we published an observational study in The Journal of Clinical Oncology showing that
women with breast cancer who took aspirin at least once a week for various reasons were 50 percent
less likely to die of breast cancer. In 2012, British researchers, by combining results from clinical
trials that looked at using aspirin to prevent heart disease, found that aspirin was also associated
with a significantly lower risk of breast cancer death.
And yet, until now, there have been no randomized trials (the gold standard of research) of
aspirin use among women with breast cancer.

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