The findings of yet another study have been released showing more benefits to taking that daily aspirin. Once thought of as merely a remedy for the aches and pains of everyday life, scientists are continually finding more health benefits to taking a daily dose of aspirin. So, is a potent health secret already sitting on the shelves of your medicine cabinet? When it comes to digestive tract cancers a new study says the answer just may be yes.
According to a recently published study in the Annals of Oncology, taking a daily dose of aspirin can significantly cut the risk of both incidence of certain cancers and deaths from those cancers. Researchers found that the occurance of bowel, esophageal, and stomach cancers were cut from 30 to 35 percent among those who took aspirin daily over a period of ten years. The risk of death from these cancers was cut by 35 to 50 percent.
The study, done out of Queen Mary University of London also showed links with lowered risks of heart attacks and strokes. Additionally, the risk factor for some other cancers, such as breast cancer and prostate cancer, was reduced, though the evidence in these cases was not as compelling.
Though previous studies have also reported the health benefits of daily aspirin consumption, the results of this study serve to point to the benefits of aspirin outweighing the risks for most people. Though there is a small risk of increased bleeding (around 3 percent) the significant amount it reduces cancer risk point to the benefit being greater than the risk.
Researchers note benefits were not realized until after three years of daily use. The recommended dosage is 75 to 100 mg. So is aspirin a miracle in your medicine cabinet? This study certainly adds evidence to support that conclusion, though all people are advised to talk with their own physicians prior to beginning an aspirin regime.