Volume 5, Issue 19
May 10, 2012
Magic pill reduces risk of dying from
cancer by 37% — but you should avoid it
How would you like to lower your risk of dying from cancer by up to 37% simply by popping a pill every day? Sounds great, doesn’t it? You should rush out and buy this inexpensive pill today, right? Wrong! Let me explain.
According to one of the largest ever meta-studies, those people who regularly take low-dose aspirin have some very significant reductions in the risk of developing cancer. And when they do get cancer, they also have a much lower chance of it spreading and dying from it.
The researchers from the University of Oxford in England analyzed the results of 34 different studies. All of these studies included 69,224 men and women. The results were amazing.
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Those who had been taking daily aspirin for less than three years had a 15% less chance of dying from cancer. And the odds get even better the longer you take the aspirin. For those who took aspirin for three to five years, their decrease in death rate from cancer went to 24%. And for those taking the aspirin for more than five years, the death rate dropped an incredible 37%! And that’s not all.
Aspirin use not only reduced the risk of dying, it also reduced the chance of having metastatic cancer. That’s the kind that spreads all over the body. Overall, aspirin users were 35-40% less likely to have metastases when they did get cancer.
But what about cutting down on the chances of getting cancer in the first place? The results showed that taking low-dose aspirin for five years or more decreased the chance of developing cancer across the board by 25%. Let me put that into perspective for you.
The statistical chance for both men and women of developing a serious cancer (not including relatively benign skin cancers) sometime in their lives is about 1 in 7. Just by doing one simple thing, taking one low-dose aspirin a day, you can reduce the odds to 1 in 9.
That means I am going to run right out and start taking my one aspirin a day while there is still time, right? Not so fast. I have already written about the dangers that go along with that simple little aspirin.
First, those who take aspirin and have a stroke die more often than those who don’t take it and have a stroke. Also, it causes stomach ulcers in 13% of those using it without any warning symptoms. And many of these will have a serious stomach bleed at some point.
But it gets worse. A recent study showed that taking low-dose aspirin more than doubles your risk of developing wet macular degeneration — the worst kind of macular degeneration. And if that’s not reason enough to forget the aspirin myth, most studies including this one have shown that it does not prevent heart attacks like most doctors will tell you.
So aspirin is a good cancer preventive, but it just has too many side effects to use. If only there was something out there that’s just as effective as aspirin without the negative side effects. Well, as it turns out, there is. I’ll tell you what it is next week.
Finding your Real Cures,
Frank Shallenberger, MD
Rothwell PR, et al "Short-term effects of daily aspirin on cancer incidence, mortalilty, and nonvascular death: Analysis of the time course of risks and benefits in 51 randomized controlled trials" The Lancet 2012; DOI: 10.1016/S01450-6736(11)61720-0.
Rothwell PM, et al "Effect of daily aspirin on risk of cancer metastasis: A study of incident cancers during randomized controlled trials" Lancet 2012; DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60209-8.
Rothwell PM, et al "Effects of regular aspirin on long-term cancer incidence and metastasis: A systematic comparison of evidence from observational studies versus randomized trials" Lancet Oncol 2012; DOI: 10.1016/S1470-2045(12)70112-2.
Aspirin Benefits May Include Cancer Prevention By Charles Bankhead, Staff Writer, MedPage Today Published: March 21, 2012
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