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Ever heard that taking Aspirin will save you from heart attack and high blood pressure? Well, not only is this true, but now studies are showing that taking Aspirin may prevent certain kinds of cancer. According to studies done through the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, taking a low dose of Aspirin every day could have the potential to prevent breast cancer, or to stop it in its tracks.
Another study done last year at the University of Dundee in Scotland showed that women who took Aspirin for three to five years had a 30 percent lower risk of breast cancer, and those who took it for more than five years had a 40 percent less risk. Breast cancer is not the only type of cancer Aspirin may help prevent; previous research has shown the potential of low-dose Aspirin in preventing prostate cancer. It may also reduce the risk of esophageal cancer and prevent Barrett’s esophagus, a condition that increases the risk of cancer. The low dose Aspirin may also improve the survival rate of those with colon cancer and lower the risk of developing skin cancer. Basically, Aspirin can prevent early stage cancers from metastasizing, or spreading to other parts of the body.
How does it work? There are a couple explanations that offer the possible cancer-protective effects. One theory is that the anti-inflammatory action the Aspirin provides prevents the inflammation that is thought to trigger or aggravate the growth of cancerous cells. Other studies have shown that the Aspirin’s target is cancer stem cells - those stubborn cells that are the root of tumor growth and metastasis. Chemotherapy doesn’t always kill the stem cells that cause tumors to grow, which will cause the tumor to restart and grow if they survive. So far, research shows that Aspirin is more effective against adenocarcinomas than any other types of cancer. These cancers include colorectal, esophageal, prostate and breast and even come lung cancers are adenocarcinomas.
Studies show that in order for this theory to work, you have to be patient and consistent. It was previously thought that it takes about 8 years before the Aspirin’s benefits will be effective, but current studies have shown that Aspirin therapy becomes effective in just 203 years. Get to the store and purchase that small bottle of Aspirin that could save and prolong your life!