Aspirin Improves Survival in Breast Cancer
I’m just reposting incase you may want to ask your Dr about this new finding.
Over 4,000 women with breast cancer were studied for their aspirin intake.2 Those who took aspirin 2-5 days per week for at least 1 year had a 71% decreased risk of death compared to those not using aspirin.
The women who took aspirin regularly were likely taking it for heart disease prevention, and the typical dose for that purpose is 81 mg per day. But the effects of this dose certainly seem to go way beyond protecting the heart.
The authors of the study concluded the following: “Taking aspirin may become another simple, low-cost, and relatively safe tool to help women with breast cancer live longer, healthier lives.”2
Aspirin Improves Survival in Colon Cancer
According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Almost all colon cancer starts in glands in the lining of the colon and rectum.
There is no single cause of colon cancer. Nearly all colon cancers begin as noncancerous (benign) polyps which slowly develop into cancer. Risk factors include age, diets high in saturated fats, inflammatory bowel disease and family history.
Over the years, traditional medicine has not been able to increase survival in any significant way … until now. Yes, you guessed it … aspirin has been shown to increase survival of this deadly disease.
Those with colon cancer who started using aspirin after their cancer was diagnosed had a 47% reduced risk of death from colon cancer. People whose cancers expressed COX-2 had a dramatic 61% decreased risk of death from colon cancer.3
How Does Aspirin Fight Against Cancer?
The pro-inflammatory enzyme Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) is overactive in many types of cancers. For example, COX-2 activity is 60 times greater in pancreatic cancer cells and 150 times greater in head and neck cancer cells.4,5
Cancer researchers are zooming in on COX-2 activity as a fuel for cancer growth. The theory is that COX-2 activity stimulates the formation of new blood vessels, which feeds the cancer cells with fresh, oxygenated blood.6 This fresh supply of blood enhances the ability of cancer cells to spread throughout the body.7
So what does this have to do with aspirin? Well, aspirin actually inhibits COX-2. Cancer specialists believe that by inhibiting COX-2 action, aspirin is able to help fight against the spread of cancer cells, which will ultimately increase survival.
Is Aspirin Right for You?
Aspirin is not for everyone. If you have a bleeding disorder or are taking prescription blood thinners, you need to speak with your own doctor before starting an aspirin regimen.
Whether it’s right for you or not, the mounting research is certainly worth considering. Rest assured, we’ll keep you posted with updates as more information becomes available.
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