Aspirin works as colon cancer prevention medication as well, indicated an independent panel of medical experts. Low dose of the miracle drug that has been known to lower the risk of heart diseases is beneficial in preventing the occurrence of multiple types of cancers in seniors.
Taking a small dose of aspirin has been known to help in preventing heart diseases. However, the pill can also cut down the risk of contracting colorectal cancer in seniors. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has concluded that a daily intake of low-dose aspirin is most beneficial for people between 50 to 59. While adults aged 45 and above should consider ingesting aspirin on a daily basis, for advanced-age adults over the age of 60, a decision could be made in consultation with the doctor. The panel recommends a consultation with your physician because aspirin can increase the risk of bleeding.
US experts urge aspirin against heart disease, colon cancer https://t.co/jWHRGG3057— NDTV (@ndtv) April 12, 2016
“Americans aged 50-69 should also consider taking aspirin for primary prevention of colorectal cancer,” said the guidelines published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. As an added precautionary measure, the guidelines add, “the decision should be made with a doctor.”
Interestingly, the USPSTF said there was no conclusive evidence to support or oppose the intake of aspirin for adults younger than 50 or older than 70. In other words, the panel said there was no concrete data that indicated risk or benefits of popping an aspirin for adults who are either younger than 50 or older than 70. What they essentially meant was there’s no official recommendation by the panel for people that fall out of the age bracket for which the daily intake of low-dose aspirin is recommended.
Incidentally, a low-dose aspirin is typically 81 milligrams.
As expected, the new guidelines do come with a bunch of caveats, reported Health. They apply only to people who aren’t at increased risk for gastrointestinal bleeding. These people should also have life expectancy greater than a decade. Incidentally, those who do opt to take the low-dose aspirin daily should stick with their routine for a minimum of 10 years to gain the benefits. What this essentially means is that people, who are interested, should seek a consultation with their physician before making the final decision.
The risk factors for cardiovascular diseases include old age, diabetes, high blood pressure, and smoking.
New U.S guidelines. 50 year olds at risk for heart disease should take aspirin to cut heart/colon cancer risk https://t.co/GyybJilje4— Bob Garvin (@bgpvideo) April 12, 2016
This is the first time that the task force, a federally appointed group of 16 doctors, has endorsed aspirin as a way of preventing both cardiovascular disease, as well as colon cancer in a joint recommendation, reported Pittsburg Post-Gazette. These diseases are increasingly becoming the top silent killers among senior citizens. Incidentally, the action by the panel merely follows the draft recommendation it made last fall.
Interestingly, according to Dr. Chauncey Crandall, aspirin’s anti-inflammatory properties help reduce the risk of colon cancer, and may help prevent other forms of cancer as well, like esophageal, stomach and pancreatic cancer, reported News Max. However, the guidelines could add to the confusion surrounding aspirin, he added.
While the panel has recommended taking aspirin for people between the ages of 50 and 69, medical experts have been divided over the consumption of the drug. In fact, government officials and medical experts often have contradicting views about daily intake of aspirin. While no one refutes the fact that aspirin does help in cardiovascular diseases owing to its excellent anti-inflammatory properties, there has been a growing paranoia that has pushed Americans towards excessive or inappropriate consumption of the drug, leading to internal medical complications. Conditions such as bleeding could have been easily avoided, had the people regulated their intake of aspirin with a proper consultation, claim experts
According to the Food and Drug Administration, way too many Americans are needlessly taking aspirin daily. Last year, a group of researchers indicated that about 10 percent of Americans are increasing the risk of bleeding by taking aspirin.
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