Intriguing news on lung cancer prevention and lose dose aspirin. A study of over 1,000 Asian women finds that those who take aspirin a few times a week have a lower risk of being diagnosed with lung cancer, even if they never smoked. The findings demonstrate that regularly taking aspirin was associated with a lung cancer risk reduction of 50% or more – though experts caution the findings don’t prove daily aspirin protects against cancer of the lung.
The research was conducted using 398 Chinese women with lung cancer and another 814 women who were free of cancer. The team saw that women who took aspirin on a regular basis – that’s two times a week for 30 days or more – had less chance of lung cancer.
For women who never smoked, the risk dropped by 50% for aspirin users compared to non-users. For smokers, regular aspirin intake was linked to a 62% lower risk of cancer of the lung. The team did account for other factors like age, education and diet, but experts agree there are still other differences that might explain why aspirin takers saw the result they did.
This work backs up some earlier studies that tied frequent aspirin use to reduced risk of some forms of cancers. Colon, prostate as well as esophageal cancers to name a few. The latest research suggests that aspirin intake might bring down the chance of lung cancer in Asian women.
These findings are still open to debate and nothing is concluded. Some experts feel the findings on lung cancer and aspirin have been mixed. The most effective thing you can do to reduce your chance of getting lung cancer is not to smoke, and if you do, cut down and work toward quitting.
Why would aspirin therapy work against cancer?
There are some biological answers. It does block an enzyme known as cyclooxygenase-2, COX-2 for short, that promotes both inflammation as well as cell division. High levels of this is found in tumors.
There is more compelling evidence that aspirin therapy may be helpful in fighting cancer of the colon according to some gastroenterologists. However, there is not enough evidence to recommend all middle aged or older adults be taking an aspirin each day. According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force men between the ages of 45 to 79 and women aged 55 to 79, should take aspirin as a means of preventing a heart attack, so long as this benefit outweighs the potential risk of internal bleeding that can be a side effect of taking aspirin.
Many angina patients or heart attack survivors take aspirin daily to help ward off future attack or strokes. It’s might not be a bad idea to talk about low dose aspirin therapy with your own doctor. If you do take aspirin on a regular basis, don’t take Ibuprofen for pain without first checking with your doctor, and be sure to follow his/her instructions exactly. If you’re having surgery, even dental a procedure, tell the practitioners involved that you take aspirin regularly.