Study: Taking aspirin could lower ovarian cancer risk
Jennifer A. Doherty, PhD, a member of Norris Cotton Cancer Center’s Cancer Epidemiology and Chemoprevention Research program, said on Tuesday that the report combines multiple studies through the international Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium, some that started as far back as 1992.
Combining the studies allows for more powerful examinations of factors, like aspirin use, that may have modest but important effects, Doherty said.
“Inflammation is thought to be associated with several types of cancers,” Doherty said. “Ovulation, the number of times a woman ovulates in her life, is linked to an increased risk of ovarian cancer.”
In releasing the study the researchers are not recommending aspirin use for chemoprevention of ovarian cancer, Doherty said.
A doctor may recommend to a patient with a heart condition to take a low dose of aspirin daily, while the same regimen could be harmful to a stroke victim, additionally aspirin can cause stomach bleeding in some people, Doherty said. Always consult your doctor, she said.
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