Can an aspirin a day keep the cancers away?
- A study conducted by researchers at Queen Mary University in London found that taking aspirin for 10 years decreased the risk of bowel cancer by 35% and the risk of stomach and esophageal cancers by 30%.
- Bowel cancer death rates were reduced by 40% after consistent aspirin use, while stomach and esophageal cancer deaths decreased by 35-50%.
- The downside to taking aspirin every day has not changed. Long-term use of aspirin increases the risk of stomach ulceration and bleeding, with sometimes fatal outcomes.
The study results are targeted at people between the ages of 50 and 65. According to the researchers, people should start a daily aspirin regiment of 75-100 mg doses during that time in their lives.
“Our study shows that if everyone aged between 50-65 started taking aspirin daily for at least 10 years, there would be a 9% reduction in the number of cancers, strokes, and heart attacks overall in men and around 7% in women," said Jack Cuzick, a Queen Mary University researcher. "The total number of deaths from any cause would also be lower, by about 4% over a 20-year period.”