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8/12/09

BESIDES LOWERING HEART ATTACK RISK ASPIRIN IS ONCE AGAIN SAID TO LESSEN CANCER RISK THIS WEEK ITS COLORECTAL CANCER LIKE COLON CANCER

BESIDES LOWERING HEART ATTACK RISK ASPIRIN IS ONCE AGAIN SAID TO LESSEN CANCER RISK THIS WEEK ITS COLORECTAL CANCER LIKE COLON CANCER

I have written before about the numerous reports of aspirin's myriad benefits (but remember there are also risks such as stomach ulcers and asthma exacerbation). Aspirin benefits like possibly reducing the chance of a heart attack or a thrombotic stroke (probably increases chance of brain hemorrhage). The latest in the litany of benefits is the Harvard Med School/Mass General report in the Journal of the American Medical Association saying that "Regular aspirin use after the diagnosis of colorectal cancer is associated with lower risk of colorectal cancer–specific and overall mortality, especially among individuals with tumors that overexpress COX-2". As you can see in the NY Times article, the reason that cancer is lessened is believed to be linked to the expression of an enzyme that is blocked by aspirin, namely cyclooxygenase 2. You'll remember that pharmaceutical companies created a whole class of COX 2 inhibitors that weren't supposed to have aspirin's bleeding side effects but turned out to have their own problems.




  • Aspirin Seen Lowering Colorectal Cancer Risk
  • Aspirin Use and Survival After Diagnosis of Colorectal Cancer "Conclusion: Regular aspirin use after the diagnosis of colorectal cancer is associated with lower risk of colorectal cancer–specific and overall mortality, especially among individuals with tumors that overexpress COX-2". Also check out a previous Purple Medical Blog post, namely
  • ASPIRIN IS GOOD FOR THE HEART BUT HARVARD OXFORD STUDIES SAY ASPIRIN PROTECTS AGAINST COLON AND RECTAL CANCER