February 1, 2023

Have you talked to your physician about taking an aspirin a day? View the latest segment on First Coast Living to learn risks and benefits of taking aspirin, including how it may prevent certain types of cancer.

On today’s the doctors and is an aspirin a day really the right thing for you it is not an easy decision and you should know all the risks and benefits before considering daily aspirin therapy dr. scott aukerman is one of the first girls leading doctor and he’s here today to review whether a daily regimen is right for you welcome dr. ackerman thank you i feel i

Have been left out of these for a while now thank you because actually my doctor has recently told me i should start taking aspirin every day what are the benefits to taking an aspirin every day well that’s good advice that you’ve got from your physician i’m glad he’s talking to you having this conversation you know a lot of people don’t have this conversation

And you should everyone should have a conversation with their physician about supplements and aspirin and all those sorts of things but aspirin has lots of benefits so we know about the heart health benefits of aspirin aspirin is given to people who have had heart attacks who have had strokes to help prevent them from having a second heart attack will prevent

Them from having a stroke then what it does it thins the blood a bit and to help prevent these clot a clot from forming a clot from blocking a coronary artery or a clot from going to the brain to cause a stroke but also we have found that aspirin prevents cancer and you may ask how and so let me tell you briefly how we looked at a large trial in england at oxford

There’s a large trial of thousands of people that they put on aspirin to prevent heart disease so these are people that had a heart attack had some sort of heart disease and they were given acid aspirin rather to prevent a second heart attack and they looked at these people compared to a case-control population people that didn’t have that weren’t taking aspirin

And they found although they weren’t looking for this they found that after three years the group that was taking aspirin every day had a 25% less risk of developing cancer so their cancer risk dropped by 25% that’s amazing it’s a huge number of you there’s no other thing that we know of that can diminish the risk of getting cancer by that much but by that much we

Know that aspirin is linked to preventing colon cancer melanomas your cancers ovarian cancers lung cancers so it’s not something that’s that is a organ site-specific it just has a general effect of minimizing a risk from camp from cancer and also we have seen in people that have cancer or had cancer that if when they take aspirin there’s some studies have shown

That those people that take aspirin after being diagnosed with cancer have a lower risk of the cancer spreading to other parts of the body so why is it what is it about aspirin that makes it prevent cancer to that extent is it the anti-inflammatory we take aspirin aspirin we all take it for headaches right their pain a bruise you know your strain something you

Take aspirin and that’s because aspirin has this anti-inflammatory effect the the blood vessels in the brain get inflamed and and that’s how you have a headache and asked to reduce that inflammation and we also know separate that there’s a connection between inflammation and and cancer that two areas of the body that get constantly assaulted with inflammation

Of some sort become cancerous more easily for instance patients with inflammatory bowel disease have a higher risk of colon cancer and so perhaps it’s this anti-inflammatory property of aspirin that prevents cancers and that would be the only explanation or that’d be an easy explanation for the fact that it minimized the risk of all different types of cancer

Because it was inflammation all over the body it would then theoretically logically be able to affect in a good way all kinds of cancers now with a lot of things like ibuprofen zand different things you know if you take tylenol a those same joys here you know it affects the liver you can’t do it for prolonged use or affects the kidneys what is there any side

Effects or anything with long prolonged use of aspirin well aspirin is a pretty safe drug and we again we know this because of over a hundred years of aspirin use but there are people that have sensitivities to aspirin the good number of people get a stomach upset they call gastritis that’s inflammation of the stomach and when they get information in the stomach

Think you may get some nausea they could develop a bleeding in the stomach a bleeding ulcer they could get some abdominal cramping less frequently people get some allergic reactions to ask thinking it rashes that sort of thing these are pretty uncommon but most people have a aspirin sensitivity know it and what do you recommend conditions then for i mean even

People in their 30s or 40s i mean should they be taking an aspirin one a day to a day i mean what what do you think is best for people you’ve heard that the baby aspirin is good to minimize the chance of getting heart disease and you see that advertised a lot but the truth is that one aspirin two aspirin a day are effective as well and perhaps more effective

And two aspirin my recommendation is that if you can tolerate aspirin take two aspirin a day that will help reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke and also help prevent cancers but again as i’ve said before discuss with your doctor talk about the risks and benefits of taking any supplements or aspirin okay thank you doctor recommend that was more than my

Doctor told me takes it takes you okay and thank you so much for coming on we always appreciate that in dr. ackerman comes on every friday and for questions regarding today’s topic or any other health questions that you might have just visit first coast oncology calm you can confidentially submit your questions whatever they may be aspirin or anything of the sort to ask the doctor

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The Doctor is In: Risks and Benefits of Aspirin By Ackerman Cancer Center