Can small daily doses of aspirin help prevent cancer, that is, act as a prophylactic? Well, some research seemed to have convinced Professor Peter Elwood, an epidemiologist from Cardiff University, who carried out some of the first studies into the effects of aspirin on health to put aspirin in the same context as lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise which can help to preserve health and said individuals should make up their own minds just as they do with other lifestyle changes. "Aspirin should be thought of in the same context as lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise which can help to preserve health."
Professor Elwood said taking aspirin at night and with calcium seemed to enhance its effects. He suggested taking it with a glass of milk as this could also reduce stomach irritation.
Research with some 25,000 patients mainly in UK at Oxford University and other centres and published in the Lancet have found that taking aspirin regularly can cut overall cancer deaths by at least a fifth. Now aspirin is already being taken by those with cardiovascular problem to help prevent stroke and heart attack. Some experts have thus been prompted to say that aspirin's benefits often outweighed its associated risk of causing bleeding.
Source: BBC News: Small daily aspirin dose 'cuts cancer risk