Skip to main content

Study Finds Hope For Aspirin As Colon Cancer Treatment

By Catherine Roberts

There may be a new treatment for colon cancer- Aspirin. It has been thought to improve colon cancer survival rates, but doctors did not know why. A new study delved into it and came up with surprising results.

The study dates back to 1980, where 175,000 participants were documented every two years. During that time, 964 participants were diagnosed with colon cancer. The researchers had them document their medications and cancer treatments. For those who had surgery to remove the cancerous tumors, the researchers were provided with samples. They found that 1/6 patients had a gene mutation on PIK3CA. It is involved in the growth of cancer and fuels the spread of the disease.

As the researchers were going through the mutated gene participants files, they found a surprising discovery. Those who had the mutated gene and who also took daily Aspirin had a much lower risk of dying from the cancer. Looking at the whole study they found that the gene mutation plus Aspirin cut the risk of death by the cancer by 82%. With 63 gene mutated Aspirin taking participants, only two died of cancer. That is compared to the non-mutated Aspirin taking participants where 23/90 had died.

It seemed that Aspirin only worked when the individual had this mutation. The amount of Aspirin taken did not effect the results. The genetic test is simple, and if 1/6 people will receive the benefit, there is a great number of people that can be saved. However, there are health risks for taking Aspirin when not needed. It thins the blood and can cause internal bleeding.

The researchers still do not know how or why the Aspirin prevents the death of these patients. Further studies must be done to understand the effect of the gene with cancerous tumors.

Source: CBC

Catherine Roberts

Contributor

Catherine is our go-to writer for women’s health news, diet trends and more. She’s dedicated to providing Activebeat readers with the information they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle every day.

Health Studies in the News

Explore

5 Cheap Anti-Aging Hacks That Will Keep You Looking Younger For Less
By Chris Brown Your Health

5 Cheap Anti-Aging Hacks That Will Keep You Looking Younger For Less

We all want to keep that youthful glow. We’re willing to try all sorts of things at the mere promise of looking young for longer. There certainly are a lot of products to choose from, and even more advice to work through. In reality, winning the battle against aging isn’t as complicated as a lot […]

Read More about 5 Cheap Anti-Aging Hacks That Will Keep You Looking Younger For Less

4 min read