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Drugs like aspirin could reduce breast cancer and help existing sufferers
Date:3/6/2008

e first place and may provide a useful addition to the treatment currently available to women who already have the disease.

Recent studies of NSAIDs use have shown about a 20 per cent risk reduction in the incidence of breast cancer, but this benefit may be confined to aspirin use alone and not other NSAIDs.

Previous studies have suggested that NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen, which have traditionally been used as mainstream non-prescription analgesics, may provide protection against coronary heart disease and some malignancies, such as colorectal cancer.

But Professor Fentiman is urging caution until further research fully weighs up the pros and cons of using NSAIDs to prevent and treat breast cancer.

Our review did not look at the potential side effects of using NSAIDs on a regular basis stresses Professor Fentiman These can include gastrointestinal bleeding and perforation which can carry a significant risk of ill health and death.

It would be essential to take these negative effects into account before we could justify routinely using NSAIDs like aspirin to prevent breast cancer.

More research is clearly needed and we are not advocating that women take these non prescription drugs routinely until the benefits and risks are clearer.

But our findings clearly indicate that these popular over-the-counter drugs could, if used correctly, play an important role in preventing and treating breast cancer.


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Contact: Annette Whibley
wizard.media@virgin.net
Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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