Aspirin use shown to slightly lower risk of cancers

October 17, 2016

According to a study recently published in Cancer Causes & Controls, regular aspirin use may slightly reduce the risks of certain cancers.

The study, conducted by Kristin Anderson, Ph.D., M.P.H., and colleagues at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health suggests that aspirin use could have a small but protective effect in preventing breast, pancreatic, ovarian, and colon cancers in older adults. Other studies provide evidence of moderate benefits.

“Looking at the specific types of aspirin use alone is not highly informative in this study, but the patterns of frequency, duration and accumulated dose by year or lifetime, indicated a potential protective benefit from cancer,” said Anderson, who is also a Masonic Cancer Center member

Anderson also notes that there are other benefits to taking aspirin, like preventing stroke, heart attack or other cardiovascular events.

As always, ask your doctor before starting routine use of aspirin because there are risks in addition to potential benefits.