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Daily Aspirin Might Help with Cancer Prevention
- Updated: August 6, 2014
Based upon a review of other available studies, researchers were able to determine that the aspirin therapy benefits in the prevention of cancer outweigh its risks. Millions of people are already taking the inexpensive medication to prevent the onset or to treat their heart disease.
The authors of the study said the group reached a conclusion that people from 50 to 65 would receive a benefit from taking aspirin daily.
The researchers said it looks as if everyone were to take aspirin each day, the incidence of cancer would be less and that outweighs by far any risk of side effects.
The side effect most serious that is associated with taking aspirin daily is gastrointestinal bleeding.
Taking aspirin for 10 years said researchers would cut the risk of colon cancer by 40%.
Daily aspirin consumption can also lower the risk of stomach and esophageal cancers by between 35% and 50%, said researchers.
A chief medical officer from the American Cancer Society said the study falls short of recommending that everyone start taking aspirin as cancer prevention. However, it does mean that people should sit with their medical care provider and discuss it.
However, researchers pointed out that the evidence that was used to determine the benefit of taking aspirin is all circumstantial.
There were no randomized trials that could provide the evidence that is of the best quality to answer that question.
There were no trials that compared aspirin versus no aspirin.
People who are 60 years or older who consume aspirin daily for 10 years are at an increased risk of having stomach bleeding.
Bleeding could become life threatening in less than 5% of people.
However, the risk of having serious bleeding increases very dramatically after the age of 70.
Peptic ulcers can be another side effect caused by aspirin. That risk increased by between 30% and 60%.