In the future, aspirin may no longer just be for headaches and other aches and pains. In fact, it might even be considered a cancer-fighting drug.
A new study from the Journal of the National Cancer Institute found that those who reported daily aspirin use were 16 percent less likely to die from cancer, when compared to those who don’t take aspirin every day.
The study, published in August, looked at 100,000 people, many of whom were at an advanced age. The subjects who participated in the study were non-smokers, and the data was collected over a decade. The study found that aspirin had the strongest effect for GI cancers, such as colon or stomach cancer. Also, it didn’t seem to make a difference if the subjects had been taking a daily aspirin for more or less than five years.
To the same effect, another study published in May found that painkillers such as aspirin, Advil and Aleve may reduce a person’s chances of developing skin cancer as well. Additionally, taking aspirin daily has already been noted as a positive step in order to prevent heart disease.
It is tempting to jump right in and buy a jumbo-sized bottle of aspirin, but it might not be time for that just yet. The doctors who completed the study aren’t ready to actually recommend that people start taking aspirin on a daily basis. One drawback to the study is that it was not a clinical trial, and thus the individual health habits of the people were not considered. However, experts will still be convening to assess the risk/benefits analysis of daily aspirin intake.
This new study is causing a lot of debate, and it is a topic to certainly keep your eye on. Also, feel free to discuss the findings with your doctor, and see if based on your health needs, he/she would recommend you start including aspirin into your daily routine.