A new study has shown that taking 75mg of aspirin each day for three to five years reduces the chance of being diagnosed with cancer by 19% and can reduce the risk of being diagnosed by up to 30% after 5 years of use.
The study found that as well as reducing the chances of getting the disease, the pills also prevent it spreading and experts believe that is strong enough that doctors may be advised to prescribe it to sufferers of the disease in the future.
Not only is aspirin a possible prevention of cancer, but it is also beneficial in treating and preventing other illnesses, too.
A study followed 386 women for ten years and 22 of them developed depression after the age of 50. Almost a third of the women who did not develop depression were taking aspirin. Experts believe that depression and inflammation are closely linked, and that because aspirin is an anti-inflammatory, it can play a part in keeping depression at bay.
Due to its anti-inflammatory effect, doctors believe that aspirin can have an effect on both dementia and heart disease; with dementia being an inflammation of the brain and heart disease an inflammation of arteries that supply the heart.
When a study of 3,000 people was conducted in Utah, the results suggested that it could decrease the risk of contracting Alzheimer’s disease by 23%.
Some studies into heart conditions revealed that taking aspirin can reduce the chance of cardiovascular problems – including stroke, heart attack and heart disease – by up to 44%.
It has also been proven than aspirin can help in cases of acne due to the salicylic acid it contains. By mixing a tablet with water and rubbing the solution onto the skin, pimples will be dried out, making spots disappear more quickly. It has a similar effect on dandruff as it is a mild anti-fungal tablet. Crushing two tablets and mixing them with shampoo will help rid dandruff if it is left to settle on the scalp for two minutes before being rinsed out.