Can an aspirin a day keep cancer away?
March 21st, 2012
06:32 AM ET

Can an aspirin a day keep cancer away?

Aspirin is recognized for its effects in heart-attack prevention. And several studies “have provided evidence that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including aspirin, may hold promise in helping to prevent cancer,” according to the National Cancer Institute. 

There’s a long history of research on aspirin and cancer, starting in the early 1990s. But can an aspirin a day keep cancer away?

It’s not quite that simple, although two studies published in the Lancet and one in Lancet Oncology suggest that aspirin could have some protective effects against cancer.

From a tree, a 'miracle' called aspirin

All three studies were conducted by Dr. Peter M. Rothwell and his colleagues at the University of Oxford and John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, United Kingdom.

In the first study published in the Lancet, the researchers found that the aspirin users had reduced cancer deaths (562 to 664 deaths) and fewer nonvascular deaths (1,021 to 1,173 deaths) – these are causes unrelated to the heart or circulatory system. These findings were based on 34 studies.

In 51 trials, aspirin users had lower nonvascular deaths and had reduced in-trial cancer deaths by nearly 40% after about five years.

The findings only applied to daily users of aspirin, not studies in which subjects consumed aspirin every other day.

In six prevention trials, aspirin users had reduced cancer incidence from three years onward by 324 cases compared with 421 cases in the groups who did not consume aspirin.

Rothwell and his colleagues wrote that the results in the short-term reductions in cancer incidence and mortality “add to the case for daily aspirin in prevention of cancer.”

Eric Jacobs, director of pharmacoepidemiology for the American Cancer Society, said it would take time for the scientific community to evaluate these new findings with existing evidence.

Using aspirin to help cancer prevention is not necessarily a new concept; previous studies have shown evidence it is particularly helpful in colorectal cancers.

“It is not entirely clear how aspirin works to prevent colorectal cancer and possibly other cancers,” Jacobs said.  “These recent studies are finding apparent effects at very low doses that suggest the effects of aspirin on platelets may be important for cancer.  Platelets are affected by very low doses of aspirin.”

Although daily aspirin has some promising benefits, it can also raise the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.

Even low doses of aspirin can increase risk of stomach bleeding,” Jacobs said.  “Low doses can help prevent heart attacks because they stop the platelets from sticking together and causing clots.  They can, even in low doses, increase the risk of bleeding.”

Before popping aspirin for the sake of cancer prevention, Jacobs warned that a person should consult his or her doctors.

“It’s a balance of the overall risk and overall benefits,” he said.

 The second article published in the Lancet indicated that aspirin could affect how cancer grows and spreads.  The authors collected data from five studies totaling 17,285 patients in the United Kingdom.

The people in the experiment group took daily aspirin (less than 75 mg). The study found the aspirin reduced risk in cancers in the colon, lung and prostate by 46%, and other cancers, such as those in the bladder and kidney, by 18%.

“Allocation to aspirin reduced the incidence of new cancers during the trials,” wrote the researchers.

The third study published in Lancet Oncology observed the same effect from aspirin when the authors examined observational studies instead of trials.  The results of the observational studies were 38% reduced risk of colorectal cancer among aspirin users.

In an accompanying commentary entitled, “Are we ready to recommend aspirin for cancer prevention?” two doctors commenting on the study wrote: “This finding was the first convincing evidence that aspirin might prevent death from several cancers, thereby widening its potential population-wide effect.”

But they wrote that the Rothwell studies didn’t include the trials in which subjects took aspirin every other day.

“Despite a convincing case that the vascular and anticancer benefits of aspirin outweigh the harms of major extracranial bleeding, these analyses do not account for less serious adverse effects on quality of life, such as less severe bleeding.”

soundoff (222 Responses)
  1. Joe

    Yes, but did they have reduced "cancer" deaths because they had increased deaths from another cause? Wishing these articles on studies would use a little logic in their arguments...

    March 21, 2012 at 06:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Pablo

      Wishing responders understood logic and posted comments that made sense.

      March 21, 2012 at 07:08 | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      You should probably read the actual study if you want more detail!

      March 21, 2012 at 07:24 | Report abuse |
    • BlueX

      Such studies are only preliminary studies and does not signify anything. I've read articles related to cancer treatment and its cure and all those studies have always hit a brick wall.

      March 21, 2012 at 07:47 | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Joe, I suspect these MD/PHDs who conduct such trial might have looked for increases in other diseases, though probably other studies have looked into that regarding daily aspirin use. Don't you think?

      March 21, 2012 at 07:59 | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      Cancer is probably the worst disease to suffer through. You insult everyone who has had to watch someone they love suffer from this horrible disease, by somehow making it sound like saving people from cancer- even if they develop another condition, like stomach bleeding which is much more controllable- is not really saving them.

      Maybe you never lost someone to cancer... but I have, and I am in the process of it again... and it stinks... and I know there really is not much worse then that.

      March 21, 2012 at 08:51 | Report abuse |
    • lilgtogirl

      Joe makes a good point. Taking any kind of blood thinner regularly (such as aspirin) increases calcification in the blood vessels and greatly increases risks of heart attacks at an early age. Seriously, don't take an aspirin a day unless your doctor says to do so.

      March 21, 2012 at 08:58 | Report abuse |
    • Stel

      lilgtogirl: Webmd sayd taking aspirin reduces the chance of a heart attack. Also that it can reduce damage during a heart attack.

      March 21, 2012 at 09:17 | Report abuse |
    • Zeke2112

      "Webmd sayd taking aspirin reduces the chance of a heart attack"

      Did you also read the part when it can cause GI bleeding and can make people with clotting disorders bleed to death?

      Maybe you should consult your doctor instead of the internet.

      March 21, 2012 at 09:49 | Report abuse |
    • Lisa N.

      UCLA and Harvard studies have demonstrated that Marijuana can inhibit cancer in long term users. CNN fails in its reporting once again.

      March 21, 2012 at 14:33 | Report abuse |
    • Jill

      The active ingredient in marijuana cuts tumor growth in common lung cancer in half and significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread, say researchers at Harvard University who tested the chemical in both lab and mouse studies.

      source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/04/070417193338.htm

      The new findings “were against our expectations,” said Donald Tashkin of the University of California at Los Angeles, a pulmonologist who has studied marijuana for 30 years.

      “We hypothesized that there would be a positive association between marijuana use and lung cancer, and that the association would be more positive with heavier use,” he said. “What we found instead was no association at all, and even a suggestion of some protective effect.”

      source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/25/AR2006052501729.html

      March 21, 2012 at 14:55 | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    "these analyses do not account for less serious adverse effects on quality of life, such as less severe bleeding.” That's like saying "less severe death".....death is death....bleeding is bleeding...neither are good 🙁

    March 21, 2012 at 07:19 | Report abuse | Reply
    • eva68

      I agree neither are good. I have a problem with GI bleeding which limits my pain management choices, but I think if I had been smart and used a doctor to manage my pain early on I would not have developed an ulcer from NSAIDS. These drugs are a double edged sword, but some people can take them with no problems at all. I do wish I could. They are a miracle in a pill for inflammatory conditions.

      March 21, 2012 at 08:18 | Report abuse |
    • Ralph

      Another one. Yes death is death, so I guess you would give your heart away to someone dieing right now... even though it would mean you would die... I mean death is death to you, so what do you care about life?

      Yeah I guess you most likely won't. Cancer is a horrible disease... and no one want to go through that. It is painful. It hurts families, families who have to helplessly watch their loved ones slip away. It hurts the person who slowly fades away... getting worse by the day. Maybe you think that death is death... but you are wrong. Some deaths are much worse then others.

      March 21, 2012 at 08:54 | Report abuse |
  3. Epidemiologist

    Frustrating to see the news du jour present data that really is not conclusive in a manner that would give the average person reason to believe popping an aspirin a day might hope to cure cancer. This article did nothing to paint the background of the subjects studied and or report on their other health related items (age, sex, weight, diet, other diseases, etc). Without such data, this is a reckless presentation to the masses.

    March 21, 2012 at 07:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • HPN

      I recently read that crop dusters have the lowest death rate from cancer and heart disease of any population group every studied and have therefore changed occupations for health reasons. Lies, damn lies, and statistics.

      March 21, 2012 at 09:38 | Report abuse |
  4. ICUnurse

    Maybe it's because people who take aspirin every day are interested in their health, and are more likely to have other preventative care and behaviors, like eating healthy, exercising and having yearly physicals? I can't tell if the study gave people aspirin who weren't taking it or if they just used anecdotal evidence, like chart reviews, to perform their study.

    March 21, 2012 at 07:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • David R.

      That would indeed be a confound in the observational studies that are cites, but not in the controlled trials, where people are randomly assigned to a placebo or the treatment. These were not case studies either, and that is clear from the article. (It wouldn't be worth talking about if any of these concerns applied!)

      March 21, 2012 at 08:20 | Report abuse |

    I have been taking 8 excedren tabs a day now since 1976. Its an addiction. Heart disease runs in my family. My dad and 2 of his brothers died in their early 50's from heart attacks. Can't figure out why i am still alive at 63 and still smokin 2 packs a day and feel pretty good most days and not any serious health problems to speak of. Must be the grace of God.

    March 21, 2012 at 07:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • eva68

      or the grace of Excedrin?..lol

      March 21, 2012 at 08:19 | Report abuse |
    • cecilia

      you might want to have your liver checked out.

      March 21, 2012 at 08:24 | Report abuse |
    • Jo Dee

      Seriously? Heart disease runs in your family and your response is to pop 8 excedrin a day instead of quitting smoking? May your length of life be directly proportional to your intelligent decision-making.

      March 21, 2012 at 08:55 | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      You cannot get addicted to acetominophen. Nor does it provide any protection against the clotting caused by many heart attacks. It does cause liver damage if taken excessively. You should see an actual doctor and quit self-prescribing.

      March 21, 2012 at 13:45 | Report abuse |
  6. Kandi

    This is nothing! Read about the real cancer treatments. Google Guanabana and Chanca Piedra! Read about the research. The FDA knows it, the NIH knows it and the pharma companies hide it because they can not patent a chemical from it. Read about Purdue University and their research. degraviola com and rain-tree com have good info. Cancer Center websites are finally writing about these plants.

    Read who is and who has done the research on these plants. Surprise!

    March 21, 2012 at 07:56 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kandi

      I'm a nurse at kettering medical center denver. We use Graviola (Guanabana) for our patients. They go into remission. Graviola works better than chemo.

      Chanca Piedra is another herb used. I wish the FDA would approve it.

      March 21, 2012 at 08:03 | Report abuse |
    • Jose S.

      Graviola works. My mother used it for breast cancer. My aunt also used it. They don't have cancer anymore! They were given the Graviola in Tucson Medical Center! The University of Arizona has a huge lab for research on rain tree plants. In Spanish it is called Guanabana.

      March 21, 2012 at 08:09 | Report abuse |
    • Carla Vazq

      I am a Patient Advocate for a large hospital in LA. I wish I could reproduce letters I get from patients and their families about Graviola and their recovery from breast cancer. The doctors at our hospital put their patients on Graviola before they do any chemo. Then they will wait and do blood work again before any chemo is considered. What they say about Graviola is true. It does kill cancer cells and is not toxic. The drug companies are hiding this plant because they can not make money from it.

      March 21, 2012 at 08:21 | Report abuse |
    • David R.

      @Kandi, @Jose: How do you know it was Graviola that "cured" your patients, or your mother, rather than the drugs that have been shown in extensive, controlled and heavily scrutinized trials to (sometimes) cure cancer?
      Maybe it works, but the anecdotal evidence you're giving is no argument...

      March 21, 2012 at 08:25 | Report abuse |
    • Carla Vazq

      @David R.

      The patients in our hospital were never treated with typical chemo drugs. They had the option of trying Graviola.

      You do your research. We will maintain ours. St. Lukes in Houston is also using Chanca Piedra and Graviola in treatments with outstanding results.

      The LA Medical also gives patients the option of going home and taking the tea for 30 days and repeating their blood work. Results are amazing.

      And that is fact.

      March 21, 2012 at 08:40 | Report abuse |
    • Zeke2112

      There have been no clinical trials with the scam called Graviola. As such, it is reckless to use in a medical setting. If you're treating patients with this, you're on dangerous ground. You're also open to a lawsuit if you make a claim regarding treatment and it doesn't work.

      March 21, 2012 at 09:33 | Report abuse |
    • Jose S.

      David R. My mother was asked to try it. She took the leaves home and made the tea. The University Medical Center did not prescribe medicines for her. She only had tea from Guanabana. My aunt Juanita also tried the Guanabana. They do not have live cancer cells in their blood.

      The University of Arizona Medical Center has recently received a grant to research more Guanabana. The professor that is heading the research is on loan from Purdue.

      March 21, 2012 at 09:42 | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      Sure. It's a huge, dark conspiracy.

      Crock. What a.

      Get back to us when someone publishes a paper in a peer-reviewed journal.

      March 21, 2012 at 13:47 | Report abuse |
    • JeramieH

      Hey Carla Vazq, you have the burden of proof because you're making the claim. Somewhat disingenuous to tell others to do their research into your claims.

      March 22, 2012 at 16:21 | Report abuse |
    • Denise S.

      Kandi....what is the dose given of graviola to patients(grams or milligrams) per day? Are there any supplements you recommend not to take while taking graviola? Thanks, Denise

      February 28, 2013 at 22:23 | Report abuse |
  7. ksmahoney

    Interesting preliminary evidence, but certainly much more research needs to be done before we can claim that aspirin prevents cancer.

    March 21, 2012 at 08:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • David R.

      34 Studies, with an effect size that is way more impressive than what we'd usually see for cancer treatments, is certainly very impressive. On what basis do you decide that the evidence is "preliminary"?

      March 21, 2012 at 08:29 | Report abuse |
    • ksmahoney

      Preliminary because the 34 studies were published in a meta-analysis which just demonstrated a cross sectional association, not causailty. There has been no conclusive evidence of what underlying mechanism may actually be reducing the cancer. Cross sectional data are not nearly as convincing as randomized controlled trials.

      March 21, 2012 at 09:55 | Report abuse |
  8. Cmdu

    The issue is that these are not full randomized placebo controlled studies. This would be hard to do if not impossible requiring huge sample size and very long time (event driven). The studies cited are subject to enormous confounding or treatment by indication bias. These are complex issues and data that the general public cannot understand and grasp. It is sad that Sanjay Gupta feels that it is appropriTe to communicate this information. This is best left for the academic community to debate because as is, guidance to physcians is really impossible at this point. All Nsaids do carry risk, not only GI but also cardiovascular, and this is not emphasized in the article. Nsaids are indicated for pain relief and aspirin is used for cv prevention after a risknhas been identified. The evidence is strong here. But cancer? This article sends the wrong message and violates primum non nocere. Cnn should way the benefits and risks of communicating scientific information before it is thoroughly evaluated by the medical community.

    March 21, 2012 at 08:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Robert A. Wascher, MD

    COX-2, an enzyme in the body that is associated with inflammation, has been linked to the development of a number of cancers. Aspirin blocks the effects of COX-2, and the use of aspirin has, in many clinical studies, been associated with a reduction in cancer risk (and most notably with regards to colon and rectal cancer). The downside of regular aspirin use (whether for cancer reduction purposes or to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease) is its well known side effects, including GI tract ulcers, bleeding, and kidney disease. However, there is strong data supporting the use of low-dose aspirin as a cancer prevention agent in patients who are at particularly high risk for colorectal cancer due to inherited cancer syndromes. The findings of these 3 studies support the findings of previous cancer prevention studies while also suggesting a potential role for low-dose cancer as a so-called adjuvant therapy in the management of colorectal cancer as well.

    Robert A. Wascher, MD, FACS

    Author, "A Cancer Prevention Guide for the Human Race"

    March 21, 2012 at 08:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jeem

      please clarify – what is "low dose cancer"?

      March 21, 2012 at 09:07 | Report abuse |
    • Gene

      If aspirin helps us by decreasing inflammation, wouldn't O3FA do the same thing?


      March 21, 2012 at 10:12 | Report abuse |
    • Carl

      I am pretty sure he meant to say "low-dose aspirin".

      March 21, 2012 at 10:29 | Report abuse |
  10. Robert Haines

    I have seen people joke about Chanca Piedra and Guanabana. I googled it. After I considered the evidence I recommended it to my father for his skin cancer. He worked outside all of his life. Guanabana was sprayed onto his skin. He took baths in it like they do in South America. He drank it also. He is doing just fine. He is in remission from serious skin cancer. His lung cancer is also in remission. People should take these plants seriously. Read about the research and write their congressman about the cover-up with the drug companies.

    March 21, 2012 at 08:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Danny

      Was that your father on National Geographic? I saw the program. A guy was laying in a bed of leaves and water. The leaves were Guanabana. They put the leaves into the water for 24 hours to soak. Then the guy was put in the water for 2 hours. They did this for 8 days. He was also allowed to drink the Guanabana...not the bath water!

      Nat Geo did a re-sampling of the blood work after the 15th day. But the obvious was that the lesions on his skin were healing. I don't remember the numbers on the blood work, but it was significant. The still photos of his skin showed a dramatic change. At the end of the program they showed a photo of him 4 months later. It was amazing! But also during that 4 months he drank 4 glasses of the tea every day.

      March 21, 2012 at 08:53 | Report abuse |
    • sick n tired

      You might as well just write to the drug companies......they own everyone in Congress.

      March 21, 2012 at 13:21 | Report abuse |
  11. Raj

    All those numskulls out here, Aspirin does prevent cancer. i tried this during my phd work in leukemic cells and im mice induced with cancer, and it does kill the cancer cells alone without affecting the healthy cells. now the pharmacological giants wont want this to happen do they...cure cancer with a generic drug!!!
    anybody above 50 yrs should take aspirin to be healthy in the old ages.

    March 21, 2012 at 08:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Poop monster

      Are you serious? Where did u go to school? Can morphine taken every day also prevent cancer?

      March 21, 2012 at 08:47 | Report abuse |
    • Zeke2112

      Raj, based on your spelling and your inability to present factual data, I suggest that you are not a PhD at all. I strongly suspect you did not graduate from college. And telling people to pop aspirin is reckless; many people are prone to bleeding and other reactions from it.

      March 21, 2012 at 09:35 | Report abuse |
    • Holly

      raj your spelling is fine with me. I was able to read each word perfectly. There are far too many perfect people in this world like the one bashing you, but I am glad there are a few of us still kicking around. Enjoyed your post.

      March 21, 2012 at 10:47 | Report abuse |
    • Zeke2112

      "There are far too many perfect people in this world like the one bashing you"

      It's called considering the source. You have someone who claims to be a PhD but doesn't seem to possess the skill required for writing a research report. Wlecome to the internet, where anyone can be a doctor or other expert. Those of us who like objective evidence question those who claim to be experts but clearly demonstrate that they can barely write a coherent thought.

      March 21, 2012 at 10:51 | Report abuse |
    • grad

      how many research papers have you actually read? the amount of research papers by people who learn english as a secound (or third) language is enormous. those papers always have spelling errors or grammatical errors but the facts presented in them are still important and just as useful as a paper by some dictionary obsessed person. language is for delivering a message, and if that message is successfully delivered then... who creas aobut how it is dleieverd

      March 21, 2012 at 11:19 | Report abuse |
    • no

      "who creas aobut how it is dleieverd"

      Obviously not you, grad.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:29 | Report abuse |
    • SixDegrees

      Very, very bad advice. NO ONE should start self-medicating with aspirin or any other drug without consulting a doctor first. All drugs have side effects, including low doses of aspirin, that can interact with existing conditions and make them worse. Aspirin is certainly useful to reduce clot damage following heart attacks, but not for everyone, and the same will certainly turn out to be true for using it to ameliorate cancer, should that pan out.

      March 21, 2012 at 13:51 | Report abuse |
    • khfdez

      Zeke, Not everyone with a PhD has English as a first language. Also, spelling skills are not required for a PhD in the sciences. I know this from experience.

      March 21, 2012 at 14:07 | Report abuse |
  12. John

    It's seldom contemplated, but nevertheless true that everything in the universe is made from the same stuff and only technology advanced enough prevents us from accessing the keys which will provide us with the ability to overcome our present limitations, including the aging process. We are our own resource for eternal living and such a reality doesn't come by waiting for death to consume us, but alternatively the wait for science to make it a reality.

    The riches of the universe are ours for the taking, but they're in the form of persistence of human life through discovery. We will one day have technology capable of surpassing all barriers that presently limit our health and longevity, limitations that will one day simply be represented by words in a history lesson somewhere.

    Most fascinating of all is that our evolution is steadily coming under our own influence rather than purely relegated to Mother Nature's own influence and we are the only species thus far which has the capacity of awareness to the universe and our place in it. That unique factor yields the power to stretch beyond mere existence and to utilize vast resources in ways that will one day represent the the entirety of forces which dictate human evolution.

    March 21, 2012 at 08:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Poop monster

      I think evolution will eventually lead to humans looking like Aliens. Long skull – to fit our growing brains, green skin to fight off the eventual explosion of the sun – and antennas on our foreheads to go in and out of the matrix easier.

      That is gonna be awesome – but prob will take another 200 years or so

      March 21, 2012 at 08:50 | Report abuse |
  13. Marti58

    I agree with Raj – a 100%.
    Pharmaceuticals are big business, and the bottom line is money not people (sadly).

    March 21, 2012 at 08:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sandy

      I also agree. I have googled those other plants that were mentioned. The research on those is tremendous. The drug companies to not want a cure until here is a vaccine they can patent and sell.

      It clearly states that the drug companies will not attempt to patent a chemical that is water soluble because anyone can buy the plant and extract the chemicals and drink a simple tea.

      I read the information from Purdue U. It is interesting.

      March 21, 2012 at 08:59 | Report abuse |
    • Zeke2112

      Pharma companies spend years on research, trials, and FDA approvals – and even then, only 1 out of 10 drugs make it to market. They take the hit on the 9 that don't make it and recoup their costs on the one that does.

      Even then, if such a miracle cure was developed, there is money in patenting the manufacturing process and the delivery method, but don't let a lack of understanding get in the way of your rant.

      Lastly, if you think that the pharma companies are gouging you, start your own. Pony up the dough to build a factory and maintain it to ISO 13485 and CFR 820 regulations. Train a fleet of quality system people and hire chemical engineers and biochemists to do research. And then whine when people want the output of your millions of dollars in investment for 10 cents a pill.

      March 21, 2012 at 09:38 | Report abuse |
  14. Lucy

    My husband took an aspirin a day and was just diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his kidney.

    March 21, 2012 at 08:57 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kandi

      Research Chanca Piedra and Graviola for your husband. Just try it for 10 days. Drink 3 glasses of 8 ounces each day. Add a little lemon for more flavor but do not put processed sugar in it. Do not use tap water. You must use non chlorinated water. You can use honey to sweeten the tea. If he has kidney pain Chanca will help! Read more data at rain-tree and on other internet sites. The NIH has info also.

      March 21, 2012 at 09:09 | Report abuse |
    • Zeke2112

      As a kidney cancer survivor, I strongly suggest you work with a urologist and oncologist instead of pounding tea made from an untested get-rich-quick chemical. Surgery and adjuvent therapy works and has decades of research and peer review behind it.

      March 21, 2012 at 09:41 | Report abuse |
    • Karin

      I just had my kidney tumor removed on Feb 10th. It was also malignant. Thank God it was contained. No Chemo or Radiation. It was 9 cm big. I was told to stay away from Aspirin from my Dr. very hard on the kidneys. Good luck to your husband I will pray for him

      March 21, 2012 at 09:45 | Report abuse |
    • Carla Vazq

      Do your own research on Chanca Piedra and Graviola. Google it. Go read the NIH reports, NCI reports and drug company reports. The FDA even has a report. Take a look at the names of the individuals that are researching it. Read the information from Purdue University and other universities. Keep in mind that the drug companies would like to patent the whole plant so to speak. Eli Lilly has $90 million dollars researching Chanca Piedra and Graviola.

      This is not "snake oil". This is fact.

      There isn't anyone that is getting rich selling this plant leaf. It is safe and it is effective.

      March 21, 2012 at 10:14 | Report abuse |
    • Zeke2112

      "There isn't anyone that is getting rich selling this plant leaf. It is safe and it is effective"

      Show me a single peer-reviewed study which generated results replicated by another study, complete with effectivity (since, after all, many pushers of the scam claim that it is 10,000 times mroe effective than other cancer-fighting drugs) and known side effects on a statistically-relevant sample size.

      Go ahead. We'll wait.

      March 21, 2012 at 10:54 | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      I drink Chanca Piedra and Guanabana with a twist of lemon on ice.

      I was diagnosed with polycystic kidneys in 2005. I had 6 cysts on my right kidney and 2 on my left. Both kidneys caused pain. The problem was increasing blood pressure and causing liver problems also.

      I went to Kettering in Denver and they put me on Chanca Piedra. After 4 days the pain went away! The kidneys began to shrink to normal size. After 30 days they added Guanabana or otherwise known as Graviola.

      In April I will have been drinking this tea for 7 years. Surgery has been eliminated. I feel fine! I do not take Atenolol for blood pressure anymore. I do not take Prazosin for enlarged prostrate anymore.

      I know other patients that went to Kettering and they will testify to the same experience.

      Chanca Piedra works. Graviola works.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:09 | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      I drink Chanca Piedra and Guanabana with a twist of lemon on ice two times each day.

      I was diagnosed with polycystic kidneys in 2005. I had 6 cysts on my right kidney and 2 on my left. Both kidneys caused pain. The problem was increasing blood pressure and causing liver problems also.

      I went to Kettering in Denver and they put me on Chanca Piedra. After 4 days the pain went away! I had another Ultrasound on the 5th day and the kidneys had began to shrink to normal size. After 30 days they added Guanabana or otherwise known as Graviola.

      In April I will have been drinking this tea for 7 years. Surgery has been eliminated. I feel fine! I do not take Atenolol or any other drug for blood pressure anymore. I do not take Prazosin for enlarged prostrate.

      I know other patients that went to Kettering and they will testify to the same experience.

      Chanca Piedra works. And I know for fact that Graviola works.

      These rain forest plants are not a scam. They are not new. They are not someone's idea of a get rich quick scam. These plants and their usage has been around for a few thousand years.

      Didn't aspirin come from bark? Many chemicals in drugs come from plants. Read up on the drug companies that have researched these plants and other plants.

      Be aware that there are false claims about both plants. Some companies claim miracles.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:52 | Report abuse |
    • sick n tired

      I think Zeke works for a pharma company.....

      March 21, 2012 at 13:29 | Report abuse |
    • Zeke2112

      Sorry to burst your paranoid bubble, but I do not work for a pharma company. I DO work for a medical device company and I know what the regulations are like. I also know the history of the FDA. Remember a little thing called thalidomide? Wonder drug, the pushers said. Safe and effective, the pushers said. The FDA did its review and forbade its approval.

      Then there's a few studies and OOPS! Sorry, we missed the bit about birth defects.

      There's a reason for FDA approval and peer review. Until those are done, your anecdotal evidence is worthless.

      March 23, 2012 at 09:05 | Report abuse |
  15. J, Ph.D. 34578

    Dr. Isiah Fidler at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center has been touting aspiring as a prevention for metastasis for decades, since the 60s. Cancer cells, to metastasize, but pass through a number of obstacles, including passage via the bloodstream. Cancer cells, by themselves, cannot survive the high speed of the bloodstream, but in clumps with platelets and other cells, can. Aspirin prevents the clumping, and thus can act against metastasis, and as all cancer docs know, it is usually the metastasis that kills the patient, not the primary tumor.

    March 21, 2012 at 08:59 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Eric

    Interesting. Inflammation is thought to be a factor in many diseases so reducing it would seem to help. However people on blood thinners also have more microbleeds in the capillaries of their brain, and this is correlated with dementia and neurodegeneration. Of course a lot more research is needed in this area.

    March 21, 2012 at 09:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Tom

    sounds like another sales pitch to me. Aspirin sales are down for the quarter so lets put out a poster board for cancer in relation to aspirin. What relation? Aspirin has different affects for everyone. Load of B.S. as I suspected.

    March 21, 2012 at 09:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SixDegrees

      Did you happen to notice that the article is based on results from over 30 actual studies? I know it's hard to get past the opening picture, not to mention the headline, but all those words that follow them tend to explain what the article is really all about.

      March 21, 2012 at 13:54 | Report abuse |
  18. Bilbo

    More marketing BS. How many suffer kidney failure from aspirin? Sales must be low.

    March 21, 2012 at 09:08 | Report abuse | Reply

    Hey, quit smokin, quit drinkin, start runnin. Dont matter. Your still goin to die.

    March 21, 2012 at 09:22 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Karin

    I had Kidney cancer and the kidney had to be removed....I was told to stay away from Aspirin because it is very hard on the kidneys...Check with your Dr. First before taking Aspirin everyday. I will stay away from Aspirin becasue I have to take care of my only kidney

    March 21, 2012 at 09:24 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Zeke2112

      This is very true. Ibuprofen is also hard on your kidneys. People need to check with their doctor before following anything they read in the media. Your doctor knows you and your history. CNN does not.

      March 21, 2012 at 09:42 | Report abuse |
  21. mudbone9

    Study brought to you by Bayer aspirin. I question everything I hear in these stupid reports. Bottom line is there are side affects to every drug. The human body is a chemical machine and anything you introduce into your body has consequences. Before I take any drug the benefits better far out way the side effects.

    March 21, 2012 at 09:43 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. fred

    Aspirin has also been associated with reducing the risk of breast cancer recurrence

    March 21, 2012 at 10:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  23. aretiree

    Oh Happy Day! We are blessed with another 'study'. Not counting but I believe this is the third one I have read about this week, there is time for a few more before the week ends.

    March 21, 2012 at 10:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Rok

    I didn't know everyone who posts on these threads are medical doctors.

    March 21, 2012 at 10:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Muhammad

    Mmm. Aspirin.

    March 21, 2012 at 10:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Survivor

    Aspirin and a few shots of Canadian whisky saved me from a "widow maker" heart attack. Nothing that the PHDs gave me did anything to prevent it. I take aspirin every day now. Don't know if it will prevent cancer or not, but it was one of the first and probably the best drug ever discovered.

    March 21, 2012 at 10:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. mb2010a

    No, aspirin probably can't keep cancer away...but, according to certain politicos, if used correctly it can prevent pregnancy.

    March 21, 2012 at 10:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Holly

    If this is a miracle and asprin can indeed stop some cancers the American Medical Association will fight you on that one. How could something so simple and inexpensive prevent companies from making billions on THEIR expensive drugs? Soon one of these companies will be buying up asprin and it will never be heard from again. That is how our AMA works or so I have heard.

    March 21, 2012 at 10:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Zeke2112

      The AMA does not hold patents on drugs, nor do they manufacture them or regulate them – that's done by the FDA. You clearly have no idea what you're talking about.

      March 21, 2012 at 10:56 | Report abuse |
    • Denise S.

      The AMA is controlled in certain ways by the drug companies. And go into a doctors waiting room for an hour or two. The pharmaceutical reps following the doc like hounds. Drug companies help medical students financially hoping for their loyalty when they get in practice. Drug company reps and radiation equip. reps sit on some hospital boads...guess what they will recommend for the treatment of cancer....drugs and radiation. People in this country need to wake up. God put these plants on this earth for a reason, they will heal us...not rich pharmaceutical companies.

      February 28, 2013 at 22:39 | Report abuse |
  29. lt

    Chill folks- ain't none of us getting out of here alive!

    March 21, 2012 at 11:03 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. Astro

    No, but according to some governors and lawmakers, if you put one in between your knees, it will keep babies away

    March 21, 2012 at 11:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. markhh

    Aspirin is a closely related derivative of salicylic acid, a plant hormone that plays an essential role in plant development and resistance to plant pathogens (i.e. bacteria, fungi, viruses). It shouldn't come as a surprise therefore that there are demonstrated health benefits to its use. The human species is pretty far removed from plant life (although I can think of many individuals who blur that distinction), but there are many shared commonalities with respect to fundamental metabolic pathways and their physiological relevance. As for those of you taking Excedrin on a routine basis, it's not aspirin and I'd seriously consider having a liver test during your next physical.

    March 21, 2012 at 11:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. jdun

    I take low dose aspirin everyday and have for 20 years. No stomach problems, and no issues with heart disease, prostate cancer (family history), or other cancers, yet. We are all time bombs just waiting to go off, but, as George Carlin said, Death is so good we should save it for last. The KISS method of medicine. Keep It Simple, Stupid.

    March 21, 2012 at 11:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Lobo

    Disease processes are called by inflammation and until the medical world can culture and find the infectious agents responsible they can do all these totally inept studies they spend millions and millions and millions of dollars on which have NOOOOOOOOO bearing on any income. ALL the facts point to infectious agents, they can't culture it, they can't find them, so it's just not there !!!!!!!! Organ of choice for its base line colonization – bile ducts of the liver – and so we "Race 4 the Cure" – "Stand Up to Cancer", "Think cure", etc. etc. – keeping passing out the pink!!!!!!!!!

    March 21, 2012 at 11:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SixDegrees

      Uh – there is enormous interest and research on cancers caused by infectious agents; vaccines against various strains of HPV, for example, dramatically lower cervical cancer rates. However, it is unlikely that all cancers are a result of infectious agents – many are quite clearly a result of exposure to carcinogenic agents. And in any case, there's no harm in searching for more immediate treatments while primary causes remain unknown or untreatable.

      March 21, 2012 at 15:11 | Report abuse |
  34. Survivor

    I'll take my aspirin once a day....until the FDA takes it away

    March 21, 2012 at 11:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Survivor

    I am surprised that aspirin is not considered a controlled substance.

    March 21, 2012 at 11:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. manyote

    Gulp! There goes my daily dose. One a day for the last four years like the doctor ordered.

    March 21, 2012 at 11:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. palintwit

    I don't know about the aspirin thing, but I can tell you this. An enema a day keeps the Palins away.

    March 21, 2012 at 11:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. manyote

    Shhh! Survivor. Rick Frothy Santorium may hear you and make it a campaign issue.

    March 21, 2012 at 11:35 | Report abuse | Reply
    • rick santorumtwit... America's favorite frothy mix

      Hey ! I heard that. But if you hide your aspirin in a condom I'll never find it.

      March 21, 2012 at 11:47 | Report abuse |
  39. bob

    [img] http://www.wpclipart.com/sign_language/thumbs_up_large.png [/image]

    March 21, 2012 at 11:37 | Report abuse | Reply
  40. Lobo

    1 out of every two males and 1 out of every 3 females will get some kind of cancer in their lifetime – a grandfather who lived till he's 91 – fried eggs in two inches of bacon grease everyday (red meat study) – an uncle who smoked 3 packs of the hard core camels since he's been 15 – he's a 93 WWII vet – so much for more of their "Theories/Studies"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 21, 2012 at 11:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. svann

    Yea, but you cant even buy excedrin anymore.

    March 21, 2012 at 11:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Olof Larsson

    Why does CNN advertise Bayer's product Aspirin? Aspirin is a trademark, not a medical substans. Any drug containing only acetyl salicylic acid would help against cancer. (Is there only ONE product containing only acetyl salicylic acid on the U.S. market?) "acetyl salicylic acid" isn't even mentioned... This is comparable to an article about inline-skating, talking about Rollerblades and never using the term "inline-skating".

    March 21, 2012 at 11:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • SixDegrees

      Probably because aspirin is NOT a recognized trademark in the United States and many other countries.

      March 21, 2012 at 15:06 | Report abuse |
  43. Hannah

    It may, but Rick Sanatorum believes that an a woman putting an aspirin between her legs keeps her from getting pregnant. I couldn't resist.

    March 21, 2012 at 12:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • rick santorumtwit... America's favorite frothy mix

      Rick Santorum also believes that masturbation should be criminalized. That means that if he should become president, anybody who wants to play with themselves will have to sneak into Canada.

      March 21, 2012 at 12:22 | Report abuse |
  44. Thomas

    What about the effects on brain cancer?

    March 21, 2012 at 12:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. gtony

    What about eating natural food that has anti-Inflammatory benefits on a regular basis rather than taking synthetic medicines that causes damage to your body. http://theconsciouslife.com/top-10-anti-inflammatory-foods.htm

    March 21, 2012 at 13:16 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. AnotherAtheist

    @zeke2112 – well stated. Most people have no idea how much time, effort and money go into drug development (or how many bio-pharms go under b4 they get a drug to market).

    March 21, 2012 at 13:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. AnotherAtheist

    @ zeke2112, got to give
    credit where credit is due.....good call on the 'raj' thing. And everything else, too. Couldn't have said it better myself.

    March 21, 2012 at 13:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. AnotherAtheist

    He probably does. But it doesn't make him wrong. In fact, he is quite accurate. NO one likes prescription costs (mine are hundreds of dollars each month), but that does not negate the economics of drug development.

    March 21, 2012 at 13:46 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. rob

    reading comments here, it appears there is an ongoing discussion of eastern medical philosophy versus western. I'd say both Eastern and Western have extreme merits, yet each dismisses the other as useless or conspiracy. BOTH have valuable contributions to our health, it helps no one to dismiss the miracles of either.

    Before any of these treatments actually 'prevent' anything, you would have to be at risk of becoming ill in the first place. The problem with Eastern medicine is that there is no data to analyze. The problem with western medicine is that if there is no profit in a treatment, it will go unstudied.

    March 21, 2012 at 14:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Survivor

    The medical professionals never told me to take aspirin before my heart attach. They gave me all kinds of pills for cholesterol and blood pressure. I was told their program (of poison) would help prevent it. Well it did not ! ! ! I started taking aspirin when I had my heart attack..(12 years ago)..I no longer swallow all that poison they prescribed....Guess what happened...My blood pressure came down, my cholesterol HDL/LDL improved, and the acid reflux went away. Aspirin is the ONLY DRUG THAT HELPED.....Oh yea. I no longer have muscle aches or headaches. ...And..no history of cancer.

    March 21, 2012 at 14:14 | Report abuse | Reply
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