Can Aspirin Increase Survival After Colon Cancer?


Malignant MelanomaA new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in June, 2016  concluded that Aspirin (ASA) can be used to reduce the mortality among colon cancer survivors by 15 to 25 percent. The study looked at figures from the Norwegian Cancer Registry and Norwegian Prescription Database and included over 23,000 people from all over the country.

Researchers said it was known that ASA prevents carcinogenesis in the intestine, but it was unknown whether the drug should be used as a cancer preventative in healthy populkations because it also causes brain hemorrhages and gastric ulcers in a small minority of the population. So the researchers elected to study if the drug would prevent a relapse in patients treated for colon cancer. Researchers said “Because the patients’ immune system can mobilize anti-tumor immunity onlu after exposure to cancer cells, and because this anti-tumor immunity is inhibited by prostaglandsin, our hypothesis was that the effect of ASA was prehaps enen greater after someone had suffered from cancer. In other words, that cancer can be prevented from re-occuring in the patient.”








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