A very old drug may provide some valuable protection against a sneaky killer. Data from 12 large epidemiological studies were pooled and analyzed. The investigators compared 8,000 women with ovarian cancer to nearly 12,000 healthy women. 

They found that taking low-dose aspirin daily reduced the risk of ovarian cancer by approximately 20 percent. Women who took NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen at least once a week also appeared to have a lower risk of the cancer, but the reduction was not statistically significant. Acetaminophen did not offer any advantages against ovarian cancer.

This is not the first time aspirin has been identified as an anticancer compound. Other research has found that regular aspirin use is associated with a lower risk of cancers of the colon, stomach, esophagus, bladder, lung, liver, breast and prostate. There are few effective preventive measures against ovarian cancer. If this association holds up, it would be an important tool in the effort to reduce a hard-to-treat cancer.

[JNCI, online Feb. 1, 2014]

Aspirin can irritate the digestive tract and cause ulcers, even bleeding ulcers. That is why we suggest an in-depth conversation with a health professional before beginning to take aspirin every day for months or years.

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  1. paulbyr
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    Gary, I’m not sure which of us (paulbyr or mm) you were responding to. If you saw the answer to a clearly defined aspirin dosage for different ailments, and different patient weights and ages, that would be good info for me. I never watch TV shows, including Dr. Oz, for my medical advice, and am not likely to do so in the future.
    Thank you for your comment.

  2. gary anderson
    Reply

    I don’t understand the point of the comments if you cant read an answer…or is it I don’t know how to click on to the answer? aspirin a day’s downside mentioned, but Dr. Oz & other doctors on his show say to take an aspirin a day… period (unless of course you had a specific preexisting medical reason not to.)

  3. mm
    Reply

    I would also really like to know dosage recommendations, by gender, weight, etc. I am a 63 year old white woman and weigh 130 pounds. I presume I would not take the same amount as a 200 lb. 47 y/o male.

  4. paulbyr
    Reply

    Seems to me it’s (past) time for NIH or FDA or some other taxpayer supported agency to fund a decent wide ranging study on benefits and downside of aspirin. It should include dosage, men and women and only the people who have regularly taken aspirin for some (TBD) extended time. Aspirin keeps popping up as a miracle drug and it is always “so surprising!”.
    I keep wondering if my 81 gr aspirin is enough for max benefit.

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