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In this week's medical dollars with Dr.
Manny Alvarez a new study published in the journal of clinical oncology showing that breast cancer survivors.
And take aspirin regularly.
May be less likely to die or have their cancer return.
Managing editor for Fox News health dot com Dr.
-- joins us with -- how promising is this.
I think a very dangerous thing this is a very large steady over 4000 nurses.
That have been follow for over thirty years his thirty you know that basically is where women dad had early -- cancer diagnosis.
That they -- to just to follow you know the mortality morbidity as as time went by and many of them we're taking aspirin for.
You know heart reasons I was to prevent heart disease when they found is that he he took.
Patients that were taking 81 milligrams of aspirin daily dollar minimum at least three times a week there was a 50% reduction in death.
In death at a 50% reduction in the cancer spreading.
So interest staying because they have been other studies and we we have done this in and Fox News health dot com.
What we have looked -- the utilization of aspirin for other cancers like colon cancer and this seems to -- is some association.
Now if you read the study perhaps some of the theories behind why aspirin works in this particular group of women.
Is because of the anti inflammatory effect that aspirin hats.
Many cancer cells when they're spreading you know when you have the -- -- create inflammatory proteins which allows the cancer to spread.
By minimizing that inflammation perhaps.
You know this is how -- is is benefiting that the reduction in -- That's good news and you highlighted in depth if you times doctor is that because that's proven to keep people alive.
Obviously not not forever but not just extend their life by a month or two no of course and you know eight in cancer surviving and any kind of -- are -- looking at milestone -- -- five -- survival rates than usual rates at.
Again this study is looking over -- thirty years now.
One thing this is not have blinded.
Trial this -- a trial that just looked -- option nations.
About morbidity mortality they did some you know they control certain things and they came to the conclusion that aspirin had some positive facts.
Now I think what has to happen is that we need -- blinded randomized -- as -- anywhere you have women that I cancer survivors from the U given the placebo and aspirin.
How do you balance the risk of taking aspirin definitely because there are right -- that -- that's a very good question you have to remember that aspirin as a blood thinner.
So that you know there's relative -- indications especially -- have gastric ulcers and things like that.
Second of all if you are getting chemotherapy for instance or radiation therapy.
You know you your blood count is diminish -- aspirin would not be advisable but.
I think that this allows you to have a very intelligent conversation with your position especially you have early stages of breast cancer now -- in remission.
That perhaps -- could be a benefit to talk to -- doctor first.
So what do you recommend people do.
Well as as said I think you have to balance but my agent my bias and again this is just a biased.
Based on on the results of this very good -- -- harbor is that there's something I think aspirin may benefit someone.
You know for sure on a daily basis to take a low dose -- Seemed so simple but sometimes.
-- -- -- are absolutely absolutely and inexpensive.
I can't even fairness of the cancer medications which can cost you know 100000 dollars a year -- and you know if you look at you know -- analysts as -- -- pharmaceuticals came out today with their announcement that.
Did have a phase two trial that perhaps some of the they have a new drug that may help that breast cancers.
Especially those ones that have possibly positive estrogen receptors I think that you know in all the research that is being done.
You know a lot of -- treatments are going to be directed towards cancer cells trying to minimize the secondary side effect of major radiation and chemotherapy.
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