Aspirin keeps stomach cancer at bay

Aspirin (Photo credit: tomazstolfa)

Taking aspirin a few times each week, or regularly for years decreases the risk of stomach cancer.

The ancient Greeks were well aware of the power of willow bark powder to relieve headaches, pain and fever. But not even Hippocrates, widely considered the father of Western medicine and whose records speak of the use of willow bark in ancient times, would have been aware of aspirin’s cancer-fighting properties.

In recent years, aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have been shown to reduce death rate from multiple types of cancer by around 20 per cent. Studies have found that aspirin decreases the risk of developing cancers of the breast, skin, colon and oesophagus – the muscular tube that delivers food from the mouth into the stomach. Continue reading “Aspirin keeps stomach cancer at bay”