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October 29, 2011

Regular aspirin halves risk of cancer!

LONDON: A new research has found that taking Aspirin regularly halves the risk of developing hereditary cancers! These cancers develop as a result of a gene fault parent, including those of the bowel & the womb, the most common forms of hereditary cancers. 
The study involving scientists & clinicians from 43 centers in 16 countries, was funded by the Cancer Research UK, followed nearly 1,000 patients, in some cases for o'er 10 years. Patrick Morrison, professor at Queen's University in Belfast, who led a part of the study said that the results of this study, which has been ongoing for o'er a decade, proves that the regular intake of Aspirin o'er a prolonged period halves the risk of developing hereditary cancers.

The research found that those who had been taking a regular dose of aspirin had 50% fewer incidences of hereditary cancer compared with those who were not taking Aspirin, according to a statement from the University. 

The research focused on people with Lynch syndrome, an inherited genetic disorder that causes cancer by affecting genes responsible for detecting & repairing damage in the DNA. Around 50% of those with Lynch syndrome develop cancer, mainly in the bowel & womb. 

The study looked at all cancers related to the syndrome, & found that almost 30% of the patients not taking Aspirin had developed a cancer compared to around 15% of those taking the Aspirin. O'er 1,000 people were diagnosed with bowel cancer in Northern Ireland last year, 400 of whom died.  

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