Aspirin Lowers Colon Cancer Risks, But At a Steep Price

Last month, I told you about low dose aspirin not being the cancer preventative many assumed. A study in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association (see link below) has found taking over-the-counter (OTC) analgesics like aspirin or ibuprofen in high doses for a decade can sharply lower colorectal cancer, but such “relief” comes at a much steeper price. They also increase one’s odds of serious stomach or intestinal bleeding.

Women who took two 325-miligram aspirin a day lowered their colon cancer risks, but only after taking them for a decade. Based on a closer look at the numbers, however, only one or two cases of colon cancer might be prevented in a town of 10,000, researchers said.

Even worse, taking at least 14 aspirin a week could cause as many as eight cases of stomach or intestinal bleeding severe enough to warrant hospitalization and even a blood transfusion.

Just another reason for me to remind you, making simple lifestyle changes can lower your cancer risks far more safely and effectively than any pill. Simple strategies than will decrease your risks by 62 percent:

But if you want to virtually eliminate those risks, I urge you to review my extensive list of major recommendations.

Journal of the American Medical Association, Vol. 294, No. 8, August 24-31, 2005: 914-923

USA Today August 24, 2005