An Aspirin a Day Keeps the Cancer Away

An unfunded study published in the medical journal The Lancet indicates that taking daily low-dose aspirin results in:

  • a 24% reduction in cancer deaths after 3 years
  • a 37% reduction in cancer deaths after 5 years

This gets even more interesting when you consider that cancer kills approximately 7.6 million people every year.  If we extrapolate those cancer reducing percentages to that very ugly global death by cancer number, we could end up saving:

    • 1.8 million people after 3 years
    • 2.8 million people after 5 years

How cool is that?


Douglas Robb

Doug Robb is a personal trainer, a fitness blogger and author, a competitive athlete, and a student of nutrition and exercise science. He's also the co-founder of the Hive Health Media. Since 2008, Doug has expanded his impact by bringing his real-world experience online via the health & fitness blog – Health Habits.

One thought on “An Aspirin a Day Keeps the Cancer Away

  • March 22, 2012 at 7:16 am

    Really interesting research – thanks for reporting! I wonder if the effect is due to the anti-inflammatory properties of aspirin? I know that it has been proposed that salicylate (the active ingredient in aspirin) should be considered “Vitamin S” – see the discussion here:


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