Daily Aspirin Reduces Risk of Prostate Disease

Daily Aspirin Reduces Risk of Prostate Disease
Aspirin relieves pain, fights inflammation, reduces fever and prevents blood clots. Aspirin therapy cuts heart attack risk dramatically in men, but not in women, and stroke in both sexes. Taking an aspirin during a heart attack increases the survival rate in men and women. Aspirin may also help prevent complications during pregnancy, some cancers, type 2 diabetes and dementia (brain deterioration with age). Mayo Clinic researchers found that a daily aspirin may also prevent prostate disease. Prostate cancer is the second highest cancer-related cause of death in men. Regular aspirin users reduced their risk of prostate-related urinary symptoms by 27 percent and men taking aspirin were 49 percent less likely to have an elevated PSA (a measure of prostate enlargement). Other nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Advil and Naproxen, had similar effects. Many physicians recommend a daily aspirin to prevent cardiovascular problems. Aspirin may also ensure a healthy prostate. (American Journal Epidemiology, in press, published online, Sept. 2006)

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