Lung Cancer Though You Don't Smoke? Yes! Decrease Your Risk: Aspirin Study - Page 2
What was interesting was that even if the women smoked, if they took aspirin, their likelihood of developing lung cancer carried with it an even lower risk than for those who never smoked. It was found to be 62 percent lower for the smokers and 50 percent lower for the non smokers. The control variables were age, education and diet, including amount of fruits and vegetables consumed. However, Lim was cautious that there may have been other variables overlooked which could have contributed to the 62 percent and 50 percent lower risk in the aspirin users than in those who didn't frequently take aspirin. Additionally, the study is a large selection of individuals which increases percentages so that the lowered risk for the individual may not be that dramatic.
Science has discovered the benefits of aspirin in helping to prevent fatal heart attacks. Feel jaw pain and/or acute indigestion or pain up and down your arm? Chew and swallow a couple of aspirin and immediately call the ambulance. What does aspirin do to help and how may it protect against cancer? It stimulates blood flow, prevents inflammation or mitigates it by blocking cyclooxygenase-2, or COX-2. This is an enzyme of inflammation which causes cell division, and is found in high levels in tumors.
But there are those detractors or "realists" like Andrew Chan at Harvard Medical School, who was not involved in the study. His comment was that the evidence on aspirin and lung cancer was “mixed.” And he reinforced what all of us have heard countless times. You don't want lung cancer? Well, you know what to do.
“The number one thing a person can do to minimize the risk of lung cancer is to not smoke,” Chan said. Well, not necessarily. Dana Reeve, a lifelong non-smoker died at 44 of lung cancer. Some people don't smoke and still get lung cancer. In Dana Reeves' circumstances, the evidence may not have been so "mixed." If she had taken aspirin two or three times a week, even though she was not Asian, she may have decreased her chances of getting cancer.Continued on the next page