Tuesday, February 23, 2010

"Miracle Drug" May Treat Breast Cancer - Dr. Brueck, Fort Myers Breast Surgeon Reports

This report by Dr. Robert J. Brueck, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Florida, is one in a series presenting news which comes to Dr. Brueck's attention and may be of medical interest to his patients.

At one time, promoters of aspirin and its manifold therapeutic values described the little white pill as a "miracle drug". Now it appears there may be another therapeutic achievement of aspirin.

A recent report in the Journal of Oncology was based on a study called the Nurses’ Health Study, done at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

It covered a group of women who were diagnosed with breast cancer and included over 4,000 participants. The study occurred from 1976 to 2002, with a follow up continued in 2006.

It was interesting because they found that women who consumed 2 to 5 tablets of aspirin a week had a lower incidence of recurrence and it decreased their risk of dying from the disease by 50%.

The question becomes what effect did the aspirin have?

Epidemiologists at Harvard who were part of this study say that more data is needed and more studies are needed. They don’t really understand why this association occurs but it is a very important study and there may be some beneficial effects from taking aspirin if you have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Many individuals take aspirin because they have arthritis or are concerned about clotting following MI’s so aspirin may have more benefits than we realize and it is one of the cheapest pharmaceuticals that you can buy over the counter.

The article appeared in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. It was called the Nurses’ Health Study.

Stay tuned. More will be coming. I think it is a very important study and may have some impact of women who suffer from breast cancer.


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