Scottish researchers have completed a study that has shown that taking aspirin could reduce breast cancer risk, WebMD.com
According to Boikanyo Makubate of the University of Dundee, the researchers used a sample of 116,181 women and reported that women aged 51 to 70 see the greatest benefit.
The findings presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium showed that women who used aspirin for three to five years were 30 percent less likely to develop breast cancer. Women who took it for more than five years saw a 40 percent reduction in their risk.
Longterm aspirin use does carry the risk of side effects such as ulcers or stomach bleeding. However, researchers maintain that it could be a cost-effective means of lowering breast cancer risk and could prove invaluable in underdeveloped nations.
Doctors warn that the studies are in their infancy and it's too soon to make the determination that aspirin can prevent breast cancer. But, the research is promising and could prove to be an important ally in the fight against the deadly disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, women should start yearly mammograms at age 40.