A recent study found a link between low-dose aspirin and lower ovarian cancer risk. Arlington Heights clinic First Health Associates shares the findings. According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 12 of every 100,000 women in the United States are newly diagnosed with ovarian cancer each year.
New research led by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health shows that recent, regular use of low-dose aspirin (100 milligrams or less) put women at significantly lower ovarian cancer risk. Regular use of standard-dose aspirin (325 milligrams) did not show such a benefit.
Furthermore, the same study found that long-term, heavy use of non-aspirin non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may put women at a slightly increased risk of ovarian cancer.
TAKING LOW-DOSE ASPIRIN LINKED TO DECREASED OVARIAN CANCER RISK
Research teams analyzed data on more than 200,000 women, about 1,000 of whom developed ovarian cancer. The data included women’s use of aspirin, low-dose aspirin, non-aspirin NSAIDs and acetaminophen. It also looked at quantity, frequency, timing and duration of each. In conclusion, the researchers discovered that recent use of low-dose aspirin was associated with a lower risk of ovarian cancer.
Similarly, in the U.S., older adults who are at an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease have already been advised to take low-dose aspirin. Therefore, this research indicates the same regimen may also have the benefit of lowering the ovarian cancer risk for women.
OVARIAN CANCER FACTS
- In the U.S., an estimated 22,240 new cases of ovarian cancer were diagnosed in 2018. This counts for about 1.3 percent of all new cancer cases.
- Ovarian cancer will lead to an estimated 14,070 deaths this year, or 2.3 percent of all deaths from cancer.
- In recent years, about 7 of every 100,000 women died of ovarian cancer.
- About 1.3 percent of women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer at some point during their lifetime, based on 2013-2015 data.
- In 2015, an estimated 224,940 women were living with ovarian cancer in the United States.
Since 1981, First Health Associates has been providing exceptional health care to residents of Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Elk Grove and Des Plaines. First Health is an integrative medicine practice that offers: Medical Care; Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine; Counseling and Behavioral Therapy; and Chiropractic Care.
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