Sunday, 6 March 2016

Too soon for 'aspirin doubles cancer survival' claim

In September 2015, several UK newspapers covered research on use of aspirin to enhance cancer survival.

According to the Mail: "Three quarters of people with bowel, stomach or throat cancer were still alive five years later, and aspirin is the 'magic bullet' that should be prescribed as soon as someone is diagnosed."

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US study confirms Peter Rothwell findings that cancers are reduced with daily aspirin

Can aspirin reduce bowel cancer risk? "Taking two aspirin a week could protect against cancer," reports the Daily Telegraph. The Express suggests we should take it daily.

In a large study, researchers found that aspirin use twice or more per week was associated with a 3% reduction in cancer risk. However, when analysed by cancer type, there was only one significant link – for bowel cancer – with a 19% risk reduction for aspirin use.

The research seems to confirm some of Oxfords Peter Rothwells' findings.

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