No, aspirin is not a prostate cancer wonder drug
The aspirin backers are at it again, this time claiming the “wonder drug” will save men from prostate cancer.
But the only “wonder” here is how on Earth this study got published in the first place!
Aspirin doesn’t cut the risk of GETTING prostate cancer. But once you have it, taking it daily will supposedly cut your risk of dying from it by 39 percent, according to the new study.
This wasn’t a clinical trial, just an observational study, so it’s hard to say if that’s even close to true – but even if it were, the numbers just don’t add up.
There are close to 3 million American men living with prostate cancer, and almost 99 percent of them will die of SOMETHING ELSE anyway.
You don’t hear about this a lot in the fear-mongering mainstream media, but the five-year survival rate for prostate cancer is 98.9 percent – so if you die of the disease, you’re quite literally in the 1 percent… or, more specifically, the 1.1 percent.
It’s important to note that if aspirin truly cuts the risk of death from prostate cancer by 39 percent, then it’s cutting your risk of dying of the disease from 1.1 percent to .671 percent.
Let’s assume the benefit is real and that it applies equally to all men. It’s a BIG assumption, but just play along. If you gave the drug to all 3 million men with prostate cancer, you could, in theory, prevent 10,740 of the 27,540 annual prostate cancer deaths.
That would be huge, making aspirin truly a wonder drug – IF it could save lives without ruining any of them.
But that’s not how aspirin works.
Based on the results from a 2013 study, the side effects of giving daily aspirin to 3 million people would be 1,500 major bleeds. Between 2,040 and 3,510 of them would suffer gastrointestinal bleeding, and 3,000 to 5,340 of them would experience some kind of bleeding problem that’s important enough to pay attention to.
Continuing with that math, a daily aspirin would even cause between 240 and 300 hemorrhagic strokes – which is the deadliest kind.
And those are just some of the risks. Aspirin has also been linked to vision loss, hearing problems, sexual dysfunction, allergic reactions, and more.
In other words, this would hurt a lot more men than it would save.
If you’ve been diagnosed with prostate cancer, you can slow the tumor or even shrink it with natural therapies such as mushroom extracts and intravenous vitamin C.
Another easy way to slash your risk of dying from the disease is to tweak your diet.
Following a typical Western diet will increase your risk of death from prostate cancer by 250 percent when compared to a back-to-basics Mediterranean diet… and you can read all about it in this free report from my House Calls archives.