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Study finds correlation between aspirin and lowered cancer risk


Many people in Florida know someone who has had cancer, or they may even have had cancer themselves. They understand that it is a debilitating disease that can take years to recover from, or even be fatal. Therefore, any new ways to combat the chance one might develop cancer are of great importance.

According to a recent study, the long-term use of aspirin may lower the risk that someone could develop certain digestive system cancers. The study examined over 600,000 individuals over 10 years. It compared aspirin users took the drug for six or more months to those who did not use aspirin.

The results of the study were striking. It found that aspirin users studied there was a 47 percent reduction in cancer of the esophagus. There was almost a 35 percent reduction in cancer of the pancreas. There was around a 25 percent reduction in cancer of the colorectal system. Finally, there was almost a 40 percent reduction in cancer of the gastric system.

Although the results of this study point to correlation, rather than causation, there have been other studies that identified a connection between aspirin use and a decreased risk of cancer. For example, one study found that taking aspirin could lower the chances a person could get cancer of the bile duct. And, of course, it is known that taking aspirin helps lower the chance that a person could suffer a heart attack.

While this study is encouraging, the fact of the matter remains that many people will contract cancer during their lifetime. Cancer can be a debilitating illness, and even the treatments for cancer such as chemotherapy could further affect a person's health. Sometimes cancer is even fatal. Those who have cancer, and cannot work for 12 months or more or whose cancer is terminal may want to determine whether they can seek Social Security disability benefits, to help make ends meet while they battle this serious disease.

Source: Forbes, "Long-Term Aspirin Use May Reduce Cancer Risk, Study Finds," David DiSalvo, Oct. 31, 2017

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