A Daily Aspirin for Cancer Prevention?

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A Daily Aspirin for Cancer Prevention?

A new study shows aspirin may reduce breast cancer recurrence

“Take two aspirin and call me in the morning” used to be the standard mantra to patients from the family physician. For women who are breast cancer survivors, this recommendation for daily aspirin may reduce the chances their cancer will return.

According to recent research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, women who were diagnosed with breast cancer in the past and regularly took aspirin (at least two to five times a week) cut their risk of recurrent breast cancer. “Also, there was a significant decrease in breast cancer death,” says Melanie Palomares, M.D., M.S., co-director of the High Risk Breast Clinic at City of Hope.

“There were numerous studies before this one that did not show significant results in primary breast cancer prevention,” says Palomares. “But this one showed promise for the secondary prevention of recurrent breast cancer.”

Palomares has a word of caution, though. “Until there is a clinical trial, we can’t recommend that women start to take aspirin regularly for breast cancer recurrence prevention,” she says. However, aspirin has been shown to decrease heart attack risk in men and women. And there are promising studies showing that aspirin can help lower the risks of colon cancer. But men and women who have peptic ulcer disease or blood-clotting disorders should not take aspirin, she notes.

Her takeaway message? “Women should talk to their doctor about the pros and cons of why they personally should or shouldn’t take aspirin.”

— Julie Wlodychak

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