View Full Version : New British Study: An Aspirin A Day May Keep Cancer Away

03-21-2012, 07:05 AM
Also heart disease and stroke. Sounds like it might be a worthwhile everything-to-gain-nothing-to-lose "ounce of prevention" for anyone with cancer running in the immediate family, eh? :idk:

(for example like me considering my mom fought off 2 different cancers before the 3rd one did her in and father successfully was treated for prostate cancer).


A daily aspirin cuts the risks of cancer killing you more quickly than first thought, a study has revealed.Researchers found that cancer sufferers who take the drug for at least five years are 37% less likely to die from the disease than those who took a placebo.

Previous studies found that aspirin reduced cancer eight years after it was taken but this report says it can slow the spread of the disease after just two years.

Scientists say aspirin almost halves the chances of the disease spreading to vital organs, which is the most common way it kills people.

The study also showed the drug cuts death rates by half in patients with colon, lung or prostate cancer.

Professor Peter Rothwell, of Oxford University, led the research and said: “The findings add to the case for the use of aspirin to prevent cancer, particularly if people are at increased risk.”

He added: “If your cancer has been treated recently but hasn’t spread and your doctors are hopeful of it not spreading it would be worth asking about taking aspirin.”

Researchers looked at 51 trials involving 100,000 people where aspirin had been used to thin the blood to reduce heart attacks.

Prof Rothwell said the benefits of taking aspirin to reduce cancers was larger than the benefits of cutting heart disease or stroke.

The results, which have been published in health journal The Lancet, also suggest that patients taking the pill within a few months of cancer being diagnosed will receive the same benefits as those having taken it for much longer.

Professor Peter Johnson, Cancer Research UK’s chief clinician, said the research was “exciting” but he added that patients should consult their GP about taking aspirin because it can lead to internal bleeding.

Aspirin is most effective at preventing the spread of cancers of the gut, lung, breast and prostate.

It is believed to work because it thins platelets in the blood which can spread cancer around the body.

03-21-2012, 07:21 AM
My uncle died from cancer a couple months ago. I might try the aspirin thing, but I've been hearing from a few different places that
Recent research has shown that the cannabinoids found in marijuana can not only halt the spread of cancer but can also kill cancer cells. & that it also helps prevent things like Alzheimer's & dementia. I like smoking regardless so any extra benefit aside from my improved temperament is all gravy.

03-21-2012, 08:33 AM
It's also good for hangovers.* :up:

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