Scientists continue to explore the health benefits versus risks of aspirin therapy. One new analysis suggests that taking aspirin may protect against several types of digestive tract cancers. The results were published online April 1, 2020, by Annals of Oncology.
Researchers examined 113 observational studies of cancer in the general population. They found that individuals who took aspirin regularly — at least one or two tablets a week — had significantly lower rates of cancers of the bowel, stomach, gallbladder, esophagus, pancreas, and liver, compared with people who did not take aspirin.
Specifically, aspirin use was linked to 27% fewer bowel cancers, 33% fewer esophageal cancers, 36% fewer stomach cancers, and 22% fewer pancreatic cancers.
The researchers also focused on the effect of daily aspirin dose specifically on bowel cancer. They looked at three dose levels: low (100 mg), regular (325 mg), and high (500 mg). The results showed that higher amounts were linked with greater protection.
For instance, an aspirin dose of 75 to 100 mg a day (equal to one low-dose tablet) was associated with a 10% reduction in bowel cancer compared with not taking aspirin. A daily dose of 325 mg was linked with a 35% reduction, and 500 mg per day was associated with a 50% reduction.
The researchers speculated that the benefit might reflect aspirin’s ability to fight inflammation and blood clots. However, they also noted that the connection between aspirin and cancer was only an association and that the studies do not prove that aspirin actually reduces cancer risk. And, aspirin may raise the risk of side effects like stomach bleeding. People should always consult their doctor before taking aspirin regularly.
Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” – James 1:2-3
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:6
“Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.”- Proverbs 16:3
“Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” Luke 12:24 – Luke 12:24
“It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” – Matthew 15:11
“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.” – Matthew 12:33
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