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An Aspirin a Day and Weightlifting May Keep the Cancer Away

Friday, August 21st, 2009

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A study reported this month concluded that a daily dose of aspirin decreases the risk of death from colon cancer. Although it has been know that aspirin reduces the risk of developing colon cancer this study that needs to be replicated found that the risk of death in those with colon cancer is reduced by daily aspirin. The study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Assn reviewed 1,279 cases of men and women with colon cancer without metastasis and at different stages from 1980 to 2008. One of the two groups took a regular dose of aspirin (325mg) at least twice a week for a total dose of 650 mg or more for a week. Those with colon cancer and on the aspirin dose were 29% less likely to die of colorectal cancer and 21% less likely to die overall. More information is available at:
http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/320/6/649

A second study looked at weight lifting and breast cancer. In the past women treated for breast cancer were warned not to lift heavy items such as babies and groceries to avoid chronic arm swelling (lymphedema). Results of a new study from the University of Pennsylvania reverses this advice. In the study, women who lifted weights twice a week for a year after breast cancer had fewer debilitating symptoms and flare-ups and some of the 70 women were able to completely control the fluid buildup. This study was the the largest and most rigorous to show the benefits without risks of slow, progressive, strength training for women with breast-cancer related lymphedema. More information is available in: Schmitz, K, Ahmed, R, Troxel, A. et al (2009)
Weight Lifting in Women with Breast-Cancer-Related Lymphedema, NEJM, Vol 361, No 7, August 13, 664-672.