Cutting your risk for liver cancer
Dr. Marty Makary weighs in
- Duration 5:13
- Date Nov 30, 2012
Dr. Marty Makary weighs in
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-- on the possible health benefits and -- spring and we know you've heard a lot about this back and forth about -- right but there's a new study out.
That's suggesting aspirin can greatly reduce the risk for serious liver disease.
Like cancer joining us now from Johns Hopkins University doctor Martin carries author -- -- cannon ball.
What hospitals won't tell you and how transparency can revolutionize health care which sounds all the -- after talking about that -- some day doctor Carey.
And talk about the study -- in the -- is from the National Cancer Institute 300000.
People were in this study.
What exactly is it telling us about aspirin and why would -- -- and be effective in liver disease -- in the.
-- -- -- -- it's showing another benefit of aspirin you know aspirin has already been put out there to benefit patients by preventing colon cancer.
And many -- found it to -- even prevent breast cancer in some studies.
This as a third major cancer to the list it's liver cancer.
The study was not perfect but it -- -- dramatic reductions of up to 47%.
So it is something that think about now in Aspen may be something that really consider sort of interest.
No right when you think about taking medication and giving your liver something extra in a process at what that the risk -- it's -- -- taking aspirin for.
For a long time you know 102030 years is -- something to consider there.
Well in general is -- is recommended for people at risk for developing certain cancers so.
For normal healthy everyday people we no longer recommend aspirin because that risk of GI bleeding people can get ulcers and other GI problems so.
Aspirin probably works by reducing body inflammation.
A lot of the dietary step we nowadays.
Probably -- general generalized and from inflammation and that information is what may be -- To some of these forms of cancer and as interesting as we heard about information when this city than sugar came out.
And inflammation -- by caused by sugar -- -- that being linked to cancer so we'll continue to watch that real quick doctor for -- for all of us that are out there listening to this question we ask our doctor before.
I giving herself asked for -- or one or two questions and we should ask.
But first the most important question is.
Are there things that diet to change to decrease generalized inflammation like.
Eating more balanced Omega three and Omega six balance fatty acids -- -- things like that second ball.
If I have a lot of inflammation can I take aspirin and will be safe in my GI tract do you take.
Aspirin everyday and just carry.
I don't but I do plan on starting to take it when I turned fifty I don't think the thing didn't think -- know what doctors really think about this you have to get your take on this new study doctor as well.
It's been on the web all week and I'm sure -- -- our viewers have seen it and it's it's a new study that suggests that.
Chemicals that are being used to treat furniture like couches.
Are making people sick in those chemicals are flame retardant chemicals that.
In some cases the government requires.
Furniture makers to use -- -- because of certain regulations.
-- just surface level what do you think about this study how concerned should we beat.
-- -- -- study was a wake up call for a lot of couch potatoes out there the study.
In the end journal of environmental science and technology showed.
That on average there are 44 different chemicals in the couches that we're sampled a different US homes.
And some of these chemicals are known to be -- of concern they've already been banned in baby's clothes they are believed to be carcinogenic or cancer causing.
And high doses so it is raising.
Question is is it -- sitting -- his visit friends -- reading in the air when it because you have this chemical on your furniture what what exactly how do you Heidi get exposed to it.
Well no one has made the connection between what's.
In the -- these chemicals.
And health but it is known that these.
Chemicals exist in the -- in this study something described the variation and the main types of chemicals in couches and the authors of the study say.
Let's try to keep your -- is clean and you don't -- the -- for fifteen or twenty years like most people.
No but he really nice catch -- -- think about our viewers that this what authority he watched in east today worry telling people be -- the fiscal cliff.
The country's debt and Islamic Egypt a nuclear Iran and then if you want to -- on your couch this weekend's.
Be aware of that as well you know it's a little overwhelming is -- we should do I mean the -- is something we have control over we hope.
Is there anything that we should.
Well one of the great concerns is that 60% of the capture studies did not have a label indicating that these chemicals where there.
So I while I agree we've got some bigger public health threats out there the world that our couches.
It is something that ask about when you look for -- you know public health studies like behind.
It takes a long time to figure out the health consequences.
Of a lot of the stuff it did with -- it has.
With aspirin -- that's what couches that's not necessarily reassuring is that.
I'm I'm but it is what is good on amber what are aware we appreciate -- doctor in the -- nice to see you again.
Thank you as always.
Good to be with -- --