Study: Aspirin May Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk

by: cancercompass

According to a new study presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting this week, those who use aspirin once a month significantly decrease their risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

The results showed that those who took aspirin at least once per month had a 26 percent lower instance of pancreatic cancer development.

“The results are not meant to suggest everyone should start taking aspirin once monthly to reduce their risk of pancreatic cancer,” Xiang-Lin Tan, Ph.D., M.D., stated in an AACR news release. “Individuals should discuss use of aspirin with their physicians because the drug carries some side effects.”

Pancreatic cancer symptoms can be minimal in the beginning stages, which is why it is sometimes referred to as a "silent" disease. The cancer can grow substantially before symptoms like abdominal pain occur, which is one of the reasons why the cancer is hard to diagnose at first.

What do you think of this new study? Will you ask your doctor if you should start taking an aspirin?