Aspirin: Cancer-Curing Miracle Drug?

Julie Ryan Evans

aspirinCould the cure to one of the most feared and deadly diseases of all -- cancer -- be sitting right there in our medicine cabinets? A new report says an aspirin a day could cut the risk of death from cancer by as much as 21 percent.

They also found that dying from ANY cause was 10 percent lower for people with a daily aspirin regime.

That's huge, and perhaps worthy of purchasing some aspirin and stock in companies who make it.

While previous studies have shown aspirin's positive effect on colon cancer rates, the new report -- based on eight studies -- shows aspirin's effect  on other cancers as well, including esophageal, gastrointestinal, lung, and brain cancers. 

So who should start taking it and how much?

Researchers say daily aspirin is probably most effective when someone reaches their mid-40s, but caution that it's not without side effects -- primarily internal ulcer bleeding.

But that risk is "drowned out" for most by the cancer benefits, according to researchers.

According to the Mayo Clinic, there are some people who should avoid aspirin therapy including those with:

  • A bleeding or clotting disorder (bleeding easily)
  • Asthma
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Heart failure

And they say everyone should check with their doctor before starting out, of course, as always. But given these amazing statistics, will you wait?

I avoid taking any drugs at all costs. It has probably been at least five years since I've taken any pain killer, with the exception of those after surgeries. I've always just assumed my body was better off trying to work things out on its own.

This study will definitely make me rethink that as more and more evidence like this continues to mount about the power of pain relievers. They have have been shown to help prevent and cure everything from heart attacks, hypertension in pregnancy, and strokes to emotional problems.

Let the pill popping begin!

As for how much to take?

No benefits in the cancer study were found by taking more than 75 milligrams a day of aspirin (as much as in a British dose of baby aspirin -- a U.S. dose has 81 milligrams), but the jury is still out.

Based on this news, will you start taking an aspirin daily? Do you already?

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