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Aspirin May Block Cancer Cells

Posted 6/19/2015

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  This is not exactly new news, but the studies continue to accumulate. Researchers at the VA in Kansas City have reported that a daily aspirin seems to block breast and other cancer cells. The science is impressive, and the benefits may be huge.

  We all know the likely value of daily aspirin in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, but this is different. Again, the very important caveat is to speak with your doctor before adding this to your daily routine. There are people with other medical issues that would make this a very bad idea.

  Here is the start and a link to read more:

Lab study: Daily aspirin could block growth of breast, other cancers
Drug appears to affect cancer stem cells

"Take two aspirin and call me in the morning" has been the punchline for countless jokes. Could it also be good advice for cancer patients?

A lab study to appear in the July 2015 issue of Laboratory Investigation found that a daily dose of aspirin was effective at blocking breast tumor growth. Previous studies have already shown a similar effect on colon, gastrointestinal, prostate, and other cancers.

The trick, says Dr. Sushanta Banerjee, research director of the Cancer Research Unit at the Kansas City (Mo.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center, is to ensure conditions around cancer stem cells aren't conducive for reproduction, something aspirin seems able to do.


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