According to new research, an aspirin each day could stave off bowel cancer. Experiments on mice showed the common painkiller stops tumours growing or recurring.
Scientists are hopeful of the same results in humans and are working to identify the correct dose. They believe the drug holds the key to both curing the disease and preventing its development, with the researchers hailing it a “wonder drug”.
Senior author Professor Ajay Goel, an oncologist at City of Hope Hospital in Duarte, California, said: “Some might say aspirin is a ‘miracle drug’ because of its potential to prevent diseases that result from chronic inflammation such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and arthritis.
“The reason aspirin isn’t currently being used to prevent these diseases is because taking too much of any anti-inflammatory eats at the stomach’s mucus lining and causes gastrointestinal and other problems.
“We are getting closer to discovering the right amount of daily aspirin needed to treat and prevent colorectal cancer without causing scary side effects.”
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