Monday, July 22, 2013

How aspirin works to reduce cancer risk

ASA is short for aspirin.  

This has been around for decades and has been a true miracle drug.  It has been shown to reduce our risk of cancer but for unexplained reasons.

Researchers now believe they have unlocked the mystery.  

A study I was reading about in my Fort Myers cosmetic surgery practice suggests these drugs slow the accumulation of a certain type of DNA change called somatic genome abnormalities or S.G.A. for short.  These lead to uncontrolled cell growth.  

The study was conducted over 12 years in patients who had Barrett’s esophagus with acid reflux.  They did serial biopsies of the diseased tissue.  

Overall, the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs was associated with a 90% reduction in the rate of mutations.

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