Top Health Stories of 2012: Aspirin May Reduce Cancer Risk

The Dr. Oz Show medical staff chose the top most innovative, interesting and influential health headlines of 2012. Each day until the new year, we’ll round up and revisit the major headlines that had a profound effect on science, medicine and your health over the last 12 months.

Headline #5: More Studies Reveal Connection Between Daily Aspirin and Lower Risk of Cancer

Dr. Oz has recommended a daily aspirin for years, not only for your heart but also because it may prevent many types of cancer. That’s why it’s on his ultimate supplement checklist. Additionally, news reports back in March revealed more studies that suggest taking a daily aspirin may reduce your risk of getting cancer.

Three European studies published in Lancet analyzed over 50 studies on aspirin and cancer and confirmed that taking a daily aspirin for at least three years reduces one’s risk of developing cancers. Those who did develop cancer tended to have less severe cases of cancer. The evidence is especially strong for preventing colon cancer.

Increasing awareness of how a simple and cheap drug can prevent hard-to-treat chronic illnesses is one of the ways our health-care system is changing. Instead of relying on expensive super drugs, we are finding new preventative uses for our cheapest drugs, like aspirin or omega-3 supplements. The message that a healthy diet, the most affordable and most accessible medicine of all, is key in preventing dangerous diseases is also being more widely encouraged.

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