Breast Cancer Risks Could Be Reduced With Aspirin


A new study has found that the risk factors associated with diabetes and breast cancer can be reduced with regular aspirin intake. The study, published in The Journal of Women's Health was undertaken in Taiwan and found that women with diabetes had lower risks of breast cancer when taking low-dose aspirin for the long-term.

The team's data was based on the National Health Insurance Research Database in Taiwan. The team identified 148,739 women diagnosed with diabetes and followed their records for 14 years.

Diabetic women who were taking low-dose aspirin daily had an 18 percent lower risk of breast cancer versus those who did not.

The study looked at diabetic women who were and who were not taking low-dose aspirin (defined as 75 to 165 milligrams per day). Following those women for 14 years, the study compared breast cancer rates to find the 14 percent lower risk among aspirin takers versus those who were not taking it daily.

Some higher-dose aspirin intake was also considered and found to have a larger (up to 47 percent) risk reduction, but the study's numbers were unable to identify a ready link. The study's authors suggest new studies to find the best dosage for maximum benefit with lowest risk.

Diabetes is known to increase the risk of breast cancer, though the reasons for that are unknown. The most common-accepted theory is that the way diabetes changes the body that increase breast cancer risks. Among those changes are inflammation, high blood glucose, and more.

Aspirin, which lowers inflammation over time, may be lowering one of those expected reasons for increased risk.



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