Monday, January 24, 2011

Asprin and Colorectal Cancer

Dr. Peter Rothwell, a professor of neurology at the University of Oxford (UK), believes that colon cancer high risk patients should take low-dose (75 milligrams) aspirin as a preventative.

A study including 14,000 people over 6 years and conducted by Dr. Rothwell showed that people who "regularly take a low dose of aspirin may be reducing their risk of developing colon cancer (of a certain type and location) by 24 percent."

Also those taking aspirin reduced their risk of dying from this colon cancer by 35%.

The downside to this preventative is that aspirin may induce gastrointestinal bleeding.

Always consult a doctor before taking medication.


David Emerson said...

This was a long term study with thousands of subjects. The percentage of people who experienced reduced solid tumor death risk was remarkable. In this age of "high tech" cancer therapy, it is incredible to me that simply taking asprin daily improves the odds of not dieing from one of the study's cancers...

Diane J Standiford said...

I am a BIG believer in the POWER of aspirin in MANY diseases.