It is being proclaimed that, one or two baby aspirins taken once a day for five years might help to lower the risk of a certain type of cancer in men, the colorectal cancer. This is the finding of a certain study that was conducted in Denmark.
Studies that were conducted earlier suggest that aspirin has anti inflammatory and non steroidal properties. It is similar to ibuprofen in its properties and these properties might be beneficial in helping men to fight colorectal cancer. At the time the earlier studies were conducted it was unsure as to the dosage and the period of time for which the dosage needed to be taken.
The data that has recently emerged has been a result of a study that has involved around 113000 human subjects. Researchers have been conducting this study in order to understand the effects of NSAIDS and aspirin on human health and how it can help to control the colorectal cancer probability. There are other factors that determine the risk of colorectal cancer and its occurrence in humans. In general, lifestyle, race, age and ethnic background will matter as to the probability of developing this condition. In most cases the problem surfaces in people who are above the age of fifty as per the findings of the National Cancer Institute.
The online risk calculator tool that is used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that, on an average, women in their fifties and later have the risk of developing this condition which is less than two percent, while men, whether white or black, can develop the condition with a higher risk range which can go up to six percent.
The study that was conducted in Denmark shows that a low dose aspirin, which is taken every day for at least a span of five years can reduce the risk of seeing the condition surface by 27% and non aspirin NSAIDs can reduce the probabilities by thirty percent. The protection comes on only when low dosage aspirin is taken on a continuous basis and not simply having consumed aspirin during a lifetime. The same goes for NSAIDs that are consumed for a long term in a consistent manner. However, these drugs carry risks on their own like gastrointestinal bleeding as well as adverse effects on the liver. Hence, the risks of reducing colon cancer probability need to be weighed against the other side effects. Also, it is not proposed that one delves in self medication by hearing about the study. The aspirin or NSAIDs need to be consumed as per prescription given by a doctor.