The risk of colon cancer reduces significantly when low dose of aspirin or non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs are taken for at least five years, new study suggests
Taking common painkillers like aspirin for a long time can lower the risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests.
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Earlier researches also indicated the importance of aspirin in preventing colon cancer but researchers could not find out that how much dose should be taken and for how long to get the desired results.
The latest research suggested that men and women, who took a low dose of aspirin for at least five years, have a significantly low colon cancer risk. A precisely 27 percent decrease was observed when 75 to 150 milligrams aspirins have been taken regularly. In this research, another group was asked to take non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as ibuprofen. Those who took NSAIDS saw a 30 to 45 decrease in risk of developing colon cancer, which is even more effective than aspirin. The study also indicated that short-term and irregular use of aspirins or ibuprofen was not proved effective.
“The protective association is certainly amazing and it’s a good example of how everyday drugs can have unexpected benefits,” said Professor John A. Baron, the co-author of the study. “But there are also potential risks. I don’t think we should imply or recommend that these medications be taken for cancer prevention without working closely with a physician.”
Colon or colorectal cancer is third most common cancer in Untied States. The lifetime risk of developing colon cancer is about 1 in 20. Women have slightly lower risk than men. Using aspirins or NSAIDS can help reduce colon cancer risk.
However, the side-effects associated with aspirin or NSAIDS should not be ignored. According to FD, the possible side effects may include risk of stroke, heart disease and gastrointestinal bleeding.
Baron himself admitted that “for aspirin, you would have to take it fairly consistently, meaning at least every other day, for at least five to 10 years for the protective effect to even begin to appear. That’s a significant amount of time for side effects to accumulate, all without getting any benefit.”