Aspirin lowers risk of some cancers for over 50s by up to 17% 89



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Taking aspirin regularly could prevent colorectal cancers by 8-17% in people over 50.   It is an outstanding statistic and one to give us all hope.

The new study, published overnight, has confirmed the exciting news that taking aspirin regularly in small dosages lowers your risk of some cancers.   In a large sample of 136,000 people over 32 years, researchers found  there was a significant drop in risk of 19 percent for colon cancer and rectum cancer and 15 percent drop in gastrointestinal cancers.  Across the board, members of the study saw a 3% lower quantity of cancer than in the average population.  The findings however did not show a link between aspirin taking and the reduction of breast cancer prostate cancer or lung cancer.

The research was published in JAMA Oncology, and was undertaken as a part of the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study.

The sample of people took aspirin regularly, which was detailed as twice per week or more, for at least six years.  Some evidence in the study showed even a lower dose of aspirin had an impact on gastrointestinal cancer.  Researchers suggested that it could be working to fight the early causes of tumour development.

One thing all articles on the subject were clear on, taking aspiring regularly can cause other complications, so please seek advice from your doctor if you think this is interesting.

Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. Everything these days is by “Up To”

    A tyre manufacturer…. – I want to keep my house – says you can get “Up to 80k out of their tyres”.
    You can get “Up To” 5% more economy by using this oil.

    Most of the time this “Up To” is “Zero”.
    …………………….:( 🙁

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  2. The only drug I will take / had so much pain with my gallstones ( won’t have them out ) take aspirin whenever the pain hits and asprin eases it / anyone whose had gall problems knows the pain / but on saying that it may be dangerous if stones get caught in bile duct / gave it to my kids when young / now not supposed to / gave a small dose to my cats when ill ( not supposed to ) all cats lived to a good age ( yep kids all still here too lol ) gargle our throats with it and along with salt for infections / I find it a wonder drug xx

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    • I had my gall bladder out after two years of pain. Felt uncomfortable for two days, third day back out shopping. No problem since.

  3. So aspirin sales must be down and the drug manufacturers want to drive sales back up. Who paid the “scientists” to come up with this result. Why dont you start looking after your bodies instead of filling them with rubbish processed crap and “maccas” and believing that your life style doesnt need to change. Just get another pharma drug from the doctor.

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  4. I cannot take aspirin as it interacts with a medication I have been on for a long time and will be for life, paracetamol is ok

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