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Aspirin may reduce colorectal cancer risk and boost immune system

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New research suggests that taking low dose aspirin may help enhance the immune system and lower the risk of colorectal cancer. Studies have shown that aspirin can protect against colorectal cancer and improve outcomes for those who have already been diagnosed with the disease. Despite these findings, the exact mechanisms by which aspirin protects against colorectal cancer remain unclear.

A recent study published in the journal Cancer on April 22, 2024, suggests that aspirin may enhance the immune system's ability to detect cancer cells. Researchers found that aspirin users had less cancer spread to the lymph nodes and higher infiltration of immune cells into tumors compared to non-users. This suggests that aspirin creates an environment where the immune system is on the lookout for cancer cells.

However, the study had limitations, as it was retrospective and observational, meaning researchers were looking back in time to see what had already happened. This made it difficult to analyze how long people had been taking aspirin before their cancer diagnoses. Additionally, aspirin use was self-reported, which could introduce biases and confounding variables into the results.

Health experts caution that aspirin is not suitable for everyone, as long-term use can increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, and other complications. Individuals with a history of gastrointestinal issues or bleeding disorders should consult with a healthcare professional before starting aspirin therapy.

In addition to aspirin, lifestyle choices play a crucial role in reducing the risk of colorectal cancer. Regular screenings, a healthy diet rich in fiber, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, regular exercise, moderate alcohol consumption, and avoiding smoking can all help lower the risk of developing colorectal cancer. Knowing your family's medical history and following the recommended screening guidelines are also important steps in cancer prevention.

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