Daily aspirin tablet 'could thwart the spread of cancer'

21 March 2012

Taking an aspirin tablet once a day has been found to offer cancer treatment to people for a cheaper price than some other procedures.

New research published in the medical journal The Lancet found that the drug can stop cancer from spreading around the body by up to 36 per cent.

On top of this, a daily aspirin tablet was also found to reduce the number of deaths due to this deadly condition by a half.

Professor Peter Rothwell, from the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, believes that the discovery "has a real potential" for opening up new forms of cancer treatment.

He told Sky News: "If you have cancer, your main risk of dying is from that spread rather than from the growth of the cancer itself."

When it comes to detecting the deadly disease though, scientists at Cancer Research UK recently conducted their own research which revealed that cancer genes could differ depending on their location in a tumour.

Posted by Edward Bartel


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