Aspirin study shows benefit for prostate cancer patients

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You may have heard that having aspirin on hand can prevent a heart attack from becoming deadly, but new research shows what could be another benefit.

Aspirin could cut your risk of developing certain types of cancer.

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology looked at nearly 6,000 prostate cancer patients.

Their treatment included surgery and radiation. Just over one-third were taking aspirin for other ailments, it turned out that those patients were less than half as likely to die as a result of the disease.

Dr. Fernando Kim, Chief of Urology at Denver Health Medical Center warns that while the study offers hope, it's not time to jump to the conclusion that aspirin can cure cancer and adds, "This study does not show that all men. or any man, who takes aspirin who will develop cancer will benefit or increase survival."

Dr. Kim does say that aspirin has an extraordinary track record when it comes to other health benefits, like guarding against heart problems, and the new research may lead doctors to better treatments for cancer patients.

He explains, "We identify patients that can have aspirin in terms of cardiovascular diseases but in terms of prostate cancer we didn't know (yet)."

The big question for many, should you begin taking aspirin in hopes of cutting your chances of developing cancer? Dr. Kim says self-prescribing aspirin is a dangerous thing to do.

Not everyone can benefit from the blood thinning effects of aspirin, especially those with ulcers or bleeding disorders.

He emphasizes, "There is no miracle drug that can treat everyone, there are patients that are specifically well designed for aspirin use, but not everybody should be taking aspirin."

For more information about the aspirin study you can go to http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120828170725.htm

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