The fact that aspirin has many beneficial effects has been known for a while. But a new research released on Monday with the occasion of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary Cancers Symposium, reveals that regular use of aspirin could reduce the risks of dying from prostate cancer. Apparently, the men who took a minimum of three aspirins every week had lower risks of further developing or of dying from the fatal disease. But this was only after the prostate cancer was diagnosed.
In the last year, approximately 220,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer and 27,500 of them died in the United States. According to the American Cancer Society, cancer skin and prostate cancer are the most common forms of cancer men develop.
Prostate cancer is also known as carcinoma of the prostate and it involves the appearance of cancer in the male reproductive system’s gland called prostate. Most times, prostate cancer grows slowly, but there are times when the cancer develops very quickly. As the cancer develops, it usually spreads to the lymph nodes and to the bones. In the beginning there are no symptoms, but later symptoms can include blood in the urine, difficulty of urinating and pain in the pelvis or back while urinating. Usually, the factors that influence the prostate cancer are age, genetics and race. 99% of the men with prostate cancer are over 50. In the United States, more black people develop the disease than white people.
The study that revealed the new benefic effect of the aspirin was conducted by the Physicians’ Health Study. For the study, information from 22,071 men was collected and analyzed. After 27 years, when a follow-up was done, 3,193 men had been diagnosed with prostate cancer and 403 of them had cancer that spread or that led to death. The regular intake of aspirin came with a 24% decreased risk of having lethal prostate cancer, when diagnosed early and a 39% decreased risk of dying from the disease.
There was a surprising discovery that aspirin was more beneficial after the prostate cancer diagnose. According to the main author of the study, Christopher Allard, aspirin has a big impact on the progression of the cancer.
Other benefic effects of aspirin can decrease the chances of developing cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer. Unfortunately, some people develop side effects that include the possibility of having a bleeding stroke.
The study’s findings that aspirin could reduce the risks of dying from prostate cancer are welcomed by doctors, but the risks of the side effects still need to be dealt with.
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