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4/18/2016I've completed treatment for stage IIA breast cancer, and I am now on arimidex. My MO has suggested I take a low dose aspirin daily which I have been doing for about six weeks. He said clinical trials have shown it to help prevent breast cancer and other types of cancer. Just recently I've begun to get blood spots on my arms, which are very unsightly. What are your thoughts on the benefits of taking a low dose aspirin as cancer prevention? Do you think taking it every other day instead of daily would be of benefit? Thank you.
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4/19/2016there has been some research that shows that in order for cancer to grow it requires inflammation within the body. so taking an anti-inflammatory, which aspirin is, was shown in a few research studies to suppress cancer from getting underway. advil as well I believe. however there is not sufficient research to result in this becoming a new standard of care. much more research is needed before that can ever happen. taking meds, even aspirin, is not without side effects which likely you are now experiencing. And I don't recall the dosage used in the studies. can't comment on the every other day since we lack enough knowledge of taking it every day at this time. make your medical oncologist aware.

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