A massive Chinese study of more than 600,000 people has uncovered a potentially easy way to reduce one’s risk for cancer: taking a daily aspirin.
The study, which was the largest to date looking at the connection between cancer and aspirin, found that aspirin can greatly reduce one’s chances of having cancers of the digestive tract – such as liver, oesophageal, and gastric cancer.
They found that people who had taken the drug every day for an average of seven years were 47 percent less likely to develop liver or oesophageal cancer and 38 percent less likely to be diagnosed with gastric cancer.
They were also 34 percent less likely to develop pancreatic cancer, and had a 24 percent reduced risk of being diagnosed with colorectal cancer.
“The findings demonstrate that the long-term use of aspirin can reduce the risk of developing many major cancers,” said lead researcher Professor Kelvin Tsoi from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
“What should be noted is the significance of the results for cancers within the digestive tract, where the reductions in cancer incidence were all very substantial, especially for liver and oesophageal cancer.”
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