Aspirin, salicylates and cancer

School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.
The Lancet (Impact Factor: 45.22). 04/2009; 373(9671):1301-9. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(09)60243-9
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Evidence from a wide range of sources suggests that individuals taking aspirin and related non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs have reduced risk of large bowel cancer. Work in animals supports cancer reduction with aspirin, but no long-term randomised clinical trials exist in human beings, and randomisation would be ethically unacceptable because vascular protection would have to be denied to a proportion of the participants. However, opportunistic trials of aspirin, designed to test vascular protection, provide some evidence of a reduction in cancer, but only after at least 10 years. We summarise evidence for the potential benefit of aspirin and natural salicylates in cancer prevention. Possible mechanisms of action and directions for further work are discussed, and implications for clinical practice are considered.

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    • "Compelling evidence has emerged that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can reduce the incidence of various cancers and limit metastatic disease (1–3). However, the chronic use of NSAIDs is associated with significant gastrointestinal and renal toxicities. "
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    • "Because of the intrinsic anti-inflammatory activity of NSAIDs a significant number of researchers have focused on this aspect as a protective mechanism. For example, aspirin can acetylate the cyclo-oxygenases (COX) significantly reducing arachidonic acid metabolism and prostaglandin production, thereby reducing inflammation (Elwood et al., 2009). Expression of the inducible COX, cyclooxygenase-2 is notably elevated in colorectal malignancies and in other cancers (Ferrandez et al., 2003; Kutchera et al., 1996; Soslow et al., 2000), and this overexpression has been actively implicated in the metastasic potential of tumours (Jang et al., 2009; Tsujii et al., 1997). "
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    • "In addition, our analysis revealed a slight, non-significant, reduction in HNC risk with increased frequency of ibuprofen use, suggesting a possible causal effect. Alternatively, aspirin may exert different COX-2 independent effects on reducing cancer compared with ibuprofen (Elwood et al, 2009). A greater reduction in HNC risk was observed with weekly/monthly aspirin use than daily use. "
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