An aspirin a day keeps cancer away?
Possible new use for wonder drug
- Duration 3:47
- Date Mar 25, 2012
Possible new use for wonder drug
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Now for some new studies as we move on this morning and house cost has to do with aspirin they say -- -- good for the heart it's a wonder drug.
Many take it.
Well this -- sold news this week about the potential of the battling cancer.
Doctor -- -- you talk about the heart and aspirin a lot of people take the low dose aspirin every morning.
Now it can now help prevent cancer.
You know we've been following it on the show aspirin -- one time a couple weeks ago we talked about aspirin in the risk of bleeds and I'm sure we warn people out there that you know there's a risk of -- This is two studies that are out in lancet and they're phenomenal because they Trace cancer back from the 1950s and they look at patients who got asked for an.
And patients who didn't get -- and the author actually wrote to listen to you know we have an ability and Great Britain to really track over a 100000 patients like this.
And he found they found that there was a 35%.
Decrease in colon cancer incidence of colon cancer -- on aspirin.
And even more surprising that he didn't spread authority had a there was a 35 to 40% decrease in cancer spreading -- once you already had it.
And 15% decrease of colon cancer.
We dying from colon cancer other GI tract -- -- big number those are big numbers and for me is a practicing internist.
It moves my needle totally in the direction I'm not gonna go to my patients and say take aspirin to prevent cancer yet.
I'm not there but for patience -- already considering four heart disease.
You know for possible stroke prevention people that already are at risk.
I'm definitely definitely more country what it -- -- what -- just an average person when should you start taking the low dose well I.
Hello -- that's a really hard question answer the ice I would probably say over the age of fifty but I'm not gonna tell everybody over there oh over -- to fifteen to take it.
For some people of confounding factors like high blood pressure.
You know like they're at risk probably like they had and also I don't want someone now there's another little word I wanna add to bridge over to my friend here which is it seems to decrease your risk of prostate cancer.
-- I think these are randomized studies so it's well done and the reason why we're getting this data is because they have done this study for aspirin heart disease.
Now we're seeing that it actually helps with cancer.
If you are taking aspirin for three years in a row every day the risk of developing cancer is reduced by 25%.
On the other hand also be looked at metastasis of the spread of the cancer.
If you are on it for about six and half years they're -- -- spread of the cancers reduced by 40%.
Typical cancers that are helpful in this -- drug -- aspirin is -- no carcinoma.
Lung cancer what's that didn't do this is the type of cancer that we see we've long cancer with prostate cancer esophageal cancers.
Doors are specific -- help with the use of aspirin so the question that -- gas was very important.
When do you give aspirin you know going to give it across the board at this point if you have a strong family of colon cancer.
You have somebody called familiar -- -- -- doors because I had very risk high risk of getting colon cancers.
You should start to one low dose of aspirin if you have a strong family of prostate cancer aggressive type of prostate -- Doors are the ones that you should consider taking aspirin the other great finding in this particular study was there was no increase in the risk of bleeding in the brain.
-- in this stomach so this is really -- But always talk to -- doctor before going on.
Aspirin one final point about to add to what David just said.
The benefit for cancer occurred in the -- first few years after the studies that which is amazing because previously it's always been a long term look at -- ten or twenty years.
So in other words you may be able to get the benefit early and the other thing is the risk of bleeding -- you just mentioned goes down sort -- the first couple years you don't have believing your chances are much like.
Sorry and -- -- an aspirin a day and keeping guys away -- a great.
What do you taken to the little 81 milligram per load those are -- a fellow analysts -- take back Terry -- in --