Lung Cancer Though You Don't Smoke? Yes! Decrease Your Risk: Aspirin Study

Author: Carole Di Tosti.
Published: April 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm

You go into the doctor's office to consult after the MRI or X-Ray and your worst fears are confirmed. The shadow, that thing was on the film and you have lung cancer. Though you stopped smoking twenty years ago, that blop still appeared. Now what are your chances? This may not be the worst of it. What if you never ever smoked and that blob was there? It happens. Christopher Reeves' wife, Dana Reeves was a prime example of this circumstance. 

The cancer scenario is one that many individuals dread especially if they ever smoked in their lives and stopped or continue to smoke. Lung cancer is no joke and the relationship between that and smoking and other forms of cancer seems clear cut. But if you enjoy cigarettes and have tried to stop 50 times and continue the addiction despite all your best attempts, what to do? You block out imagining such scenarios like the one above and enjoy a deep, long drag from that Virginia Slims that you need, you want, YOU HAVE TO HAVE!  Besides, if you smoke, you don't stress and you eat less. You won't gain weight. Right?

Well, there may be something that you can do rather than select denial as your way to keep smoking. Take an aspirin, though you really should try to stop. A study that reveals startling information about decreasing women's risk of developing lung cancer was reported in the journal Lung Cancer. The study suggests that women who take aspirin have a much lower risk of developing the disease, regardless of whether they ever smoked.

In the study more than 1000 Asian women were sampled. The population included 398 Chinese women who had been diagnosed with lung cancer and 814 women who were healthy. Wei-Yen Lim, of the National University of Singapore and colleagues reported, "Our results suggest that aspirin consumption may reduce lung cancer risk in Asian women."  Specifically, researchers discovered that the women who took aspirin at least twice a week for a month or longer had a 50 percent lower risk of getting cancer than those who didn't take aspirin. Of course, the study results show a relationship but the direct correlation between taking aspirin and not getting cancer is still inconclusive and more research must be accomplished.

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Article Author: Carole Di Tosti.

Carole Di Tosti, Ph.D. is a published writer, novelist and poet. She writes for Blogcritics. She authors three blogs: 1) 2) 3) …

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