Have Diabetes? Taking Aspirin Could Help Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk

Jul 18, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. ET
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A team of researchers out of Taiwan followed 148,739 women who had been diagnosed with diabetes to ultimately determine a correlation between a lessened risk of breast cancer when aspirin is taken over a long period of time.

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“Women with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of breast cancer, and these results suggest that the same low-dose aspirin that many of these women take to prevent cardiovascular disease may also help reduce their risk of breast cancer,” explains Dr. Susan G. Kornstein, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Women’s Health, where the findings were published.

The research is noteworthy because in the U.S. alone, 1 in 10 women (older than 20) will be diagnosed with diabetes, according to the Office of Women’s Health.

Of those women who have diabetes and took a low-dose aspirin every day, their breast cancer risk was seen to decrease by 18 percent over 14 years. The reduced risk was significantly larger — at 47 percent — for women who took higher doses of aspirin as prescribed by their physicians.

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The exact correlation between aspirin use and breast cancer risk still needs to be further explored according to the researchers, but this is a good start and silver lining for women diagnosed with diabetes.

By Vivian Nunez

Originally published on HelloFlo.

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