Aspirin is typically used to relieve the body from minor aches and pains. But new research suggests that aspirin intake may be linked to a lowered risk of a much more serious health issue--cancer.
In a new study, published in JAMA Oncology, researchers examined the correlation between aspirin and cancer in 136,000 people. Part of the Nurses’ Health Study and Health Professionals Follow-up Study, the patients' data was collected for up to 32 years. And the findings about the patients who took aspirin regularly--twice a week or more for at least six years--are truly stunning.
The patients taking aspirin regularly were associated with less risk of cancer. Specifically, a 19 percent lower risk for colon and rectum cancers, a 15 percent lower risk for gastrointestinal tract cancers and--get this!--a 3 percent lower risk for cancers in general.
Though the researchers didn't find a link between aspirin use and other specific cancers like breast cancer or lung cancer, it is undoubtedly huge news that they found a link between the medication and any cancer.
But this isn't the first time aspirin has made headlines for its cancer-fighting capabilities.
Back in 2015, a study found that a daily aspirin can double the survival rate of cancer patients. Isn't it amazing that it might not only help people who already have cancer, but also people who are at risk for developing it later on in life?
What's more, aspirin has also been shown to protect people against other serious diseases like heart disease, strokes and staph infections. This pharmacy staple is a miracle drug!
Of course, like any drug, it's always best to speak with your doctor before beginning any regular regimen, especially if you're not accustomed to taking aspirin. Know your options!