Daily Aspirin Use and Ovarian Cancer

A recent meta-analysis published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute indicates an association between daily, low-dose aspirin use and a reduction in the risk of ovarian cancer.  In the study, Aspirin, Nonaspirin Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drug, and Acetaminophen Use and Risk of Invasive Epithelial Ovarian Cancer: A Pooled Analysis in the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium, the authors analyzed the data from twelve other studies of ovarian cancer, including 7,776 case patients and 11,843 control subjects from 1992-2007, and determined that the use of low-doses of aspirin on a daily basis, or higher doses of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) (such as ibuprofen), were linked to a 20%-34% reduced risk of ovarian cancer.  No such results were observed for acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) use.  An abstract of the study can be viewed at ttp://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/106/2/djt431.abstract.

Always consult your doctor before beginning any treatments, and bear in mind that the regular use of aspirin or NSAIDS can itself have side effects, including thinning of the blood, gastrointestinal effects and allergic reactions, and may be contraindicated by other drugs or treatments you are receiving.

Let me know what you think.  In healing,

Howard

 

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