Aspirin Cuts Cancer Risk and Cancer Death Rates

A new study shows that aspirin not only reduces the risk of getting cancer, but may also reduce death rates in patients with cancer.



As I discuss in my bestselling book, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race, aspirin may be able to do much more than just relieve a headache, or reduce the risk of heart disease.  Indeed, a growing body of scientific evidence strongly suggests that aspirin may also significantly reduce the risk of developing cancer.  Now, a newly published research study, which appears in the current issue of the Lancet Oncology journal, suggests that aspirin may not only reduce the risk of developing certain cancers, but may also reduce the risk of cancer spread in patients who have already been diagnosed with cancer, as well.

An important and unique aspect of this particular study is that it reviewed the results from numerous previous aspirin studies, including both highly powered prospective randomized clinical research studies and lower powered public health studies.

Based upon this massive review study, the regular use of aspirin was associated with a 38 percent reduction in the risk of developing colorectal cancer, and a 42 percent reduction in the risk of death due to colorectal cancer.  Similar reductions in the risk of other major cancer killers were also observed with regular aspirin use, including cancers of the esophagus, stomach, bile ducts, liver and breast.

Among patients already diagnosed with cancer, regular aspirin use was associated with a 31 percent decrease in the incidence of distant spread of cancer.  (This is an important finding, as most patients who die from cancer do so due to the distant spread, or metastasis, of their cancer rather than due to the presence of their original, or primary, tumor alone.)

The findings of this important study are highly significant, as they lend further important evidence that the humble aspirin tablet can significantly reduce our risk of developing many of the most prolific cancer killers of mankind.  Moreover, regular aspirin use may also reduce the risk of distant spread (metastasis) for many types of cancer, which may, in turn, reduce the risk of death associated with these cancers.

As aspirin use can be associated with serious side effects, including GI tract ulcers, bleeding, kidney injury, and other potentially serious health complications, I recommend that patients first talk with their doctor before starting daily aspirin therapy.

For a groundbreaking overview of cancer risks, and evidence-based strategies to reduce your risk of developing cancer, order your copy of my bestselling book, “A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race,” from AmazonBarnes & NobleBooks-A-MillionVroman’s Bookstore, and other fine bookstores!

Within one week of publication, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race was ranked #6 among all cancer-related books on the “Top 100 Bestseller’s List” for Kindle e-books. Within three months of publication, A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race was the #1 book on the Amazon.comTop 100 New Book Releases in Cancer” list.

Disclaimer:  As always, my advice to readers is to seek the advice of your physician before making any significant changes in medications, diet, or level of physical activity

Dr. Wascher is an oncologic surgeon, professor of surgery, cancer researcher, oncology consultant, and a widely published author

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One Comment on "Aspirin Cuts Cancer Risk and Cancer Death Rates"

  1. Laura on Sun, 29th Apr 2012 6:26 am 

    I’m not sure where you are getting your information from, but if you do test positive for the gene it is illegal for any insurance company to use this as a preexisting condition, to deny coverage or to base the cost of coverage under HIPAA. They also do not have the right to decide if you have a bilateral mastectomy or not. That decision is up to the patient, period. The doctors I work with recommend the person already diagnosed with Breast cancer get the test first, because if they do not have the gene there is no reason for anyone else to be tested. If you are still concerned and you are paying for the test yourself I suggest you have it done under an alias so there is no way the results can be tracked back to you. This is common practice when working with famous and/or celebrity patients and your doctor should have no problem with it. If you do choose this route however, be very careful about keeping you paperwork as you may have a difficult time should you need copies later. EDIT: Okay, well I have received mine from a physician who spoke at a cancer meeting at UCLA. So after seeing your response I did a little searching and found it is not as clear cut as I thought, partially because it has also not been tested in the courts. There is also another point not brought up here regarding employers. I posted a link to one of the most current documents on found on the Department of Health and Human Services website so that you can read it over. Apparently this problem has been discussed for 8-10 years now and I read doing this search that Bush was supposed to sign a bill regarding this, but it did not list the bill number and did not read confirmation that it was signed. Hope this helps a little.I would go the alias route.

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