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HEALTH NEWS
‘Small daily doses of aspirin cuts many cancer risks’
Source: New Straits Times, December 8, 2010
   
 

London (England) -  Taking low doses of aspirin can reduce the risk of many kinds of cancer, scientists say.  And the evidence is strong enough to suggest people older than 40 should take it daily as protection.

In a study of eight trials involving 25,570 patients, researchers found that cancer deaths among those who took aspirin in doses as low as 75mg a day were 21 per cent lower during the studies and 34 per lower after five years. 

The study found that aspirin protect people against gastrointestinal cancers the most.  Previous studies have found that taking aspirin can reduce risk of developing colon or bowel cancer and suggested it does so by blocking the enzyme cyclooxygenas2 which promotes inflammation and cell division and is found in high levels in tumours.

Peter Rothwell of Oxford University, the study author,  said while taking aspirin carries a small risk of stomach bleeding, that risk was beginning to be “drowned out” by its benefits in reducing the risk of cancer and heart attacks.


   
     
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