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Aspirin reduces breast cancer recurrence

A new study that investigated whether or not aspirin had any effect on breast cancer recurrence or death from breast cancer was just published. The stats: over 4,000 nurses who were diagnosed with breast cancer were enrolled in the study. Starting at one year after diagnosis, the study researchers tracked their aspirin use. Those women who used aspirin 2-7 days out of the week had a significantly lower rate of breast cancer recurrence and a lower rate of death from breast cancer.

Here’s a link to the study:

Aspirin and breast cancer study or cut and paste this into your browser:

http://jco.ascopubs.org/cgi/content/abstract/JCO.2009.22.7918v1

While aspirin use is not recommended during chemotherapy, once you are done it is not a bad idea to use aspirin for pain relief, or for heart health if your stomach can take it. Other NSAID pain relievers were not included in this study, but information on them may come out soon.

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