Taking Aspirin can lower risk of advanced prostate cancerChris Middlebrooks (Author) Published Date : Jan 06, 2016 18:23 IST
Aspirin intake has been linked to lower rates of advanced prostate cancer.
Researchers have found that acetylsalicylic acid, what is commonly known as aspirin, can lower the possibility of developing advanced prostate cancer which lowers the risk of dying from the disease.
Christopher Allard, a surgery instructor at Harvard Medical School led an analysis based on data from the Physicians Health Study which was conducted starting 1982 at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Boston s Brigham and Women s Hospital.
The medical records of 22,071 male patients were reviewed. After three decades, a total of 3,193 of them had developed prostate cancer. Of those diagnosed, 403 had advanced forms of the disease which can lead to metastasis or even death.
These figures were then examined against regular aspirin intake. The results were that patients who took aspirin about 3 times a week were 24 percent less likely to have a severe type of prostate cancer; they were also 39 percent less likely to die because of prostate cancer.
The doctors believe that aspirins ability to lower the risk of advanced prostate cancer could be a result of a reduction of platelet aggregation which permits the immune system to identify the malignant cells quicker.
The findings are significant because prostate cancers is the second most frequently diagnosed malignant cancer in men, second only to skin cancer.
According to the American Cancer Society, around 220,000 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2015. During the same time period, 27,000 had passed away as a direct consequence of prostate cancer.
Survival rates from malignant prostate cancer range from five to ten years. Five year survival rates are around 99 percent, while ten year survival rates are at around 98 percent.
The cause and effect association between taking aspirin and lower mortality from prostate cancer has not been established yet. There is also no concrete evidence that taking aspirin can influence the likelihood of someone developing prostate cancer in the first place.
Aspirin is commonly taken for headache and pain relief but recent findings have shown that there are even more possible benefits that can be gained from this medication. Aspirin has been found to be effective in controlling colon cancer as well as reducing the severity of some cardiovascular diseases.
There are some side effects towards too much aspirin use however, like gastrointestinal bleeding.
Taking Aspirin can lower risk of advanced prostate cancer