Study: Aspirin protects against cancer?


ASA for cancer screening?

A British study claims that taking aspirin acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) daily reduces the risk of premature death from cancer.

According to a British study, a small dose of the painkiller acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) before sleep is enough to significantly reduce the risk of cancer. However, doctors warn against taking the pain reliever daily for self-medication from now on. As with all medicinal products, it is only possible to take it in consultation with your family doctor.

Knowing big and small, you should always brush your teeth before sleeping. A ritual that has manifested itself in our society. Likewise, ingestion in small amounts of acetylsalicylic acid (ASS) should also be part of the ritual in the future, as the scientists around the British researcher Peter Rothwell claim. According to the professor of neurology at Oxford University, the active ingredient in aspirin protects against early cancer and thus premature death. The team led by the scientist carried out the largest study to date on the analgesic active ingredient acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) and achieved amazing results.

ASA as a pain reliever and for heart prevention
The ASS substance was actually developed to relieve back pain, headaches, tooth and rheumatism complaints. It has also been shown in the past that ASA prevents blood clots from developing. Patients who have had a heart attack are therefore prescribed the pain reliever to reduce the risk of another infarction. The same also applies to the stroke. The drug is commercially available as aspirin or “ASS 100 Hexal”. However, Peter Rothwell did not want to commit himself to daily consumption of the drug. Therefore, adults should not start taking ASA every day. However, the study results have shown that the drug can protect against all types of cancer, according to the researcher.

75 milligrams of aspirin daily lowers cancer risk
Data from a total of 25570 patients were analyzed as part of the evaluation. The data came from a total of eight different studies carried out worldwide. On average, each subject took the drug in a low dose of 75 milligrams a day within four years. The study was supposed to examine the positive effect on the cardiovascular system. However, when the researchers evaluated the data, it became apparent what positive effects ASA also had in the prevention of cancer. In the group of study participants who took ASA for at least five years daily, the death rate from cancer was 21 percent lower than among those who took a placebo (without active substance).

The result was particularly successful in cancer of the gastrointestinal tract. Here, the risk values ​​were particularly reduced in colon cancer by 40 percent and in esophageal cancer even by 60 percent. In prostate, colon and pancreatic cancer, brain tumor and lung cancer, too, corresponding results for reducing the cancer rate could be achieved. In the case of lung cancer, however, the researchers pointed out that this refers to the type of lung cancer that is not caused by smoking. It is also possible to reduce the risk of cancer in colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer. However, the data are not yet clear here. However, a long-term study by the American Cancer Society with a total of 987,590 participants showed that aspirin has neither a promoting nor a protective effect with regard to pancreatic cancer. A previous study had even found that long-term aspirin use favored tumors in the pancreas.

Constant intake can lead to side effects
But all of the data should now by no means be used to ask people to take an appropriate dose of ASA every day. Because the continuous use of painkillers inevitably leads to side effects, which in turn can overload the supposedly positive effect. Continuous use of ASA often triggers nausea, heartburn and vomiting. The drug commission of the German medical profession also points out that acetylsalicylic acid can cause irritation of the mucous membrane, bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract and gastric ulcers due to its irritant effects if taken regularly. Caution should also be exercised in the case of inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease, since acetylsalicylic acid can cause a relapse. (sb)

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