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Lung cancer blog: Risk of Colorectal Cancer cut by the long-term use of Aspirin

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Sep 8, 2005

Risk of Colorectal Cancer cut by the long-term use of Aspirin

Risk of Colorectal Cancer cut by the long-term use of AspirinWomen who take long-term anti-inflammatory drugs like Aspirin, Advil or Motrin for the treatment of diseases like arthritis may have a lower risk of developing colorectal cancer. However the beneficial effects of anti-inflammatory drugs may not become apparent until the person takes the drugs for at least a decade. It should be noted that long-term use of these drugs is associated with other health risks including gastrointestinal bleeding.

In a recently published study, Dr. Andrew Chan, and colleagues at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School showed that the risk of colorectal cancer is cut by as much as 53 percent by long term use of aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs. The reduction in risk is related to the dose taken every week and number of years the person was taking the drug.
Long-term use of aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs do cut the risk of colorectal cancer, as per Chan, however considering the risks associated with the long term use of anti-inflammatory drugs it would not be advisable to take anti-inflammatory drugs for the purpose of prevention of colorectal cancer.

The side effects of using these drugs and the risks of colorectal cancer have to be weighed out. Colorectal cancer screening is one of the other prevention strategies and the benefits of aspirin above and beyond the current prevention needs to be examined says Dr. Chan
Eric Jacobs, a is a senior epidemiologist for the American Cancer Society says that American Cancer Society or any other group does not recommend the use of aspirin or other anti-inflammatory drugs at any dose for the prevention of cancer owing to the potential for serious side effects.
Even though advancement has been made in the screening and detection of colorectal cancer, it is still considered to be the second most deadly form of the disease. The first deadly disease is lung cancer. According the American Cancer Society, there are nearly 56,000 Americans who die due to colorectal cancer every year.

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