Three studies in the British medical journal The Lancet suggest that taking aspirin daily may lower the risk of cancer and reduce the chances of the disease spreading to other organs.
Both WebMD and the New York Times have excellent write-ups.
AICR’s focus is on the relationships of diet, nutrition, physical activity and weight to cancer. As such, we take no position on the effect of aspirin — a drug — on cancer risk, although we of course watch this research with interest.
The lifestyle-based cancer prevention strategies that AICR advocates — a plant-based diet, regular physical activity, staying at a healthy weight throughout life, combined with not smoking — have been shown, over decades of research, to confer real protection.
Will health experts one day recommend combining AICR’s recommendations with a daily aspirin for maximum protection? We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime, we recommend concentrating on the healthy everyday choices about diet, weight and physical activity that can and will lower cancer risk, as well as other chronic diseases.
For many cancer patients, treatment can leave both physical and psychological effects on their daily lives. A strong and ever-growing body of research suggests that physical activity may help.
Today’s issue of Cancer Research Update highlights the latest analysis of the evidence looking at the effects of exercise on cancer patients who have completed their treatment. The analysis looked at the 34 randomized controlled studies (RCTs) on the topic, a type of study considered among the gold standard of studies.
Almost two-thirds of the studies focused on breast cancer and the rest looked at different types, including colon and lung. When taken together, the authors found that the patients who participated in exercise programs – lasting a median of 13 weeks – had improved physical functions, quality of life, fitness, and body weight. Continue reading
All of us at AICR know it can be tough to decide which cancer research organizations to support. The headlines over the last few days may have been unsettling for some — but it’s a reminder that funding cancer research is important, and that public support is central to the collective effort to stop cancer.
That’s why we want you to know that your donation to AICR funds vital cancer research and the development of tools that help millions of people prevent and survive cancer.
Our research has shown, for example, that 2 in 5 breast cancers could be prevented through healthy everyday choices — that’s 74,000 cases every year, in the US alone. Continue reading