Aspirin and Cancer Risk
This is a press release from the American Cancer Society that nicely summarizes a recent study suggesting that daily aspirin use reduces the incidence rate of all cancers. There have been suggestions for some time that aspirin reduced the rate of colo-rectal cancers, but this is a more sweeping statement. There has also been evidence from some studies that daily low dose aspirin may reduce the risk of cancer recurrence. Since there are also aspirin risks for some people, this falls into the "Talk with your doctor" list. It is always exciting when something small and inexpensive and widely available is known to have such an important impact.
Here is the beginning of the press release and then a link:
Report Says New Evidence Could Tip the Balance in Aspirin Cancer Prevention Care
ATLANTA-April 9, 2012-A new report by American Cancer Society scientists says new data showing aspirin's potential role in reducing the risk of cancer death bring us considerably closer to the time when cancer prevention can be included in clinical guidelines for the use of aspirin in preventative care. The report, published early online in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, says even a 10% reduction in overall cancer incidence beginning during the first 10 years of treatment could tip the balance of benefits and risks favorably in average-risk populations.