New study finds aspirin could cut breast cancer risk

Aspirin a day could help prevent breast cancer

Taking an aspirin pill every day could lower the risk of developing breast cancer, a new major US study has revealed.

Conducted at the US Institute of health, 127,000 women participated in the research, which discovered that those that took the painkiller were 16% less likely to develop oestrogen positive cancer, the most common form of the disease.

The hormone related strand of breast cancer accounts of 75% of all cases of breast cancer. It was found that aspirin did not have the same effect across other strains of the disease.

Published in the Breast Cancer Research Journal, study leader Dr Gretchen Gierach, of the National Cancer Institute in Maryland stated, ‘Daily aspirin use appeared to offer some protection for ER+ breast cancer in this population.’

However, experts warn that until findings are more conclusive, women should not rush out to stock up on the drug, and should consult their doctor before embarking on a course of medication.

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