Thursday, December 09, 2010

Pros/Cons Of Taking Aspirin To Prevent Cancer

Recently, a new medical study confirmed the link between cancer survival and the daily consumption of a single dose of baby aspirin. Over the years, the evidence of the amazing health benefits of aspirin have been proven time and time again. So what are the pros and cons of taking aspirin daily to prevent and increase your chances of cancer survival? To me, the pros are easy - because not only is aspirin sold over the counter, but it is also one of the cheapest medications on the market today. For many years, we have all known that a single dose of baby aspirin a day can help prevent second heart attacks and some strokes and now the additional pro of aspirin helping to prevent and/or extend the survival rate of cancer is just more icing on the cake.

The biggest thing on the cons side of taking baby aspirin to prevent cancer is that for some people aspirin has terrible side effects. The biggest con to taking aspirin is that for many people even one baby aspirin per day causes stomach upset and even worse bleeding of the stomach and small intestine. There are specially coated forms of aspirin which do control many of these side effects in some people. However, there are thousands of people who start to bleed from their internal organs - even after taking a delayed release form of this amazing medicine. While it is a pro that simple aspirin can prevent some types of cancer, it's a con when so many people cannot take it because of adverse physical reactions.

I told a friend once that Americans should be glad that aspirin was discovered hundreds of years ago, because if it were developed today - it would be one of the most expensive prescription medication on the Earth. The good news is that dozen of research studies around the world all say the same thing about the benefits of aspirin and if large companies in the US want to make money off the growing praise of this wonder medicine - they should develop drugs that will lesson the side effects for those people who cannot take aspirin at this time. There are two things I take everyday without fail. One is Vitamin D and the other is a simple dose of baby aspirin.

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