A study published in the Lancet Oncology Journals looked at whether aspirin could be beneficial for more then just heart disease. Their study focused on the possible benefits aspirin could have on preventing cancer or the spread of it.
Researchers found that aspirin may have short-term benefits in preventing cancer and may reduce the likelihood that cancers will spread to other organs by about 40 to 50%.
But there is a catch. You have to take the aspirin for 8 to 10 years before you see the benefits, so that’s a pretty big commitment.
Perhaps we should be recommending it for people who are at a higher risk because according to researchers the real benefit here is that aspirin is preventing some of the early spread and early growth.
This is really exciting news for us, but at the same time we do want to caution you. We want you to understand that not everybody needs to be taking aspirin because there can be negative side effects such as bleeding complications. If you believe this is something you could be a good candidate for, it is absolutely worth speaking to your doctor about.