This proven anti-cancer drug is ignored by doctors and drug companies – you can buy it for pennies

Dr Vernon Coleman

There have been rumours for decades that effective cancer remedies have been hidden by drug companies (which have a rested interest in keeping patients ill, rather than curing them), by charities (which are too closely aligned to drug companies) and by the medical establishment (which is owned by the drug companies).

Well, I’ve found one

Few doctors know is that there is good evidence showing that the ordinary common or garden aspirin tablet has powerful anti-cancer properties.

So, for example, breast cancer sufferers have a 20% better survival rate if they take daily aspirin. I’ve found no official mention of this.

The medical establishment mentions it rather dismissively and warns of the danger of stomach bleeding and the dangers for those with haemophilia. The first risk is fairly easily minimised (by taking a low dose of dispersible aspirin – 75 mg seems appropriate) and the second is a genetic problem which is very rare.

The figures suggest that aspirin is better than most chemotherapy. I’m not surprised that it isn’t promoted very much or that the NHS seems unenthusiastic. Aspirin is dirt cheap and there is little profit for the drug companies. The NHS and the medical profession are, I fear, far too closely linked to the pharmaceutical industry.

The research showing the value of aspirin in the treatment (and prevention) of cancer was based on studies involving 120,000 patients. To the best of my knowledge that’s a damned sight more patients than have ever been involved in any trial of any chemotherapeutic drug. I’m not surprised that the big charities (with their drug company links) warn about the dangers of aspirin.

A 20% better survival rate is massive and the downside is very small – if you take a small dose of a soluble aspirin. Chemotherapy often offers only a 2% to 5% improvement – and there may be a 3% mortality rate. And, of course, chemotherapy offers a 100% risk of severe side effects which damage the immune system and which may make life unbearable.

The value of aspirin is sneered at widely by the medical establishment and no one has a vested interest in promoting its use. Many doctors dismiss the effect as insignificant. I actually saw one eminent member of the medical establishment claiming that the 20% uplift in survival rates offered by aspirin was insignificant.

No one really seems to know how much aspirin is the right amount. But a small dose of 75mg of dispersible aspirin seems best. Or you can buy enteric coated, gastro-resistant aspirin which is absorbed after it goes through the stomach.

The fact is that aspirin is probably the best researched and safest drug on the planet. Its uses are well-known. It is a pain killer, it reduces fever, it helps stop blood clots and it has an anti-inflammatory effect.

I realise that it can also increase bleeding but there are around ten times as many strokes caused by clots as are caused by bleeding.

It seems odd to me that it is now damned near impossible to purchase ordinary, plain, cheap aspirin in the shops and when it is available the soluble or dispersible tablets are usually even more difficult to find. Most chain stores and the big chemists simply don’t stock it because the profit is too small. They prefer to sell far more dangerous and expensive versions of aspirin.

The more I look into this the more evidence I find showing that low doses of aspirin improve survival rates dramatically and seriously reduce the risk of metastasis – with very little risk. A study at Cardiff University School of Medicine showed that there was no increase in the risk of death from stomach bleeding in people who take the regular low dose of 75 mg of aspirin.

How does aspirin work to prevent and treat cancer? Well, for a start it seems that the drug helps to stop cancer cells sticking to the blood vessel walls and starting a growth. This makes sense. It is because it stops red cells sticking together that aspirin stops clots developing. And aspirin inhibits substances within the body (vascular endothelial growth factor and cyclo-oxygenation) which help develop the blood vessels which grow around cancer deposits. By inhibiting these substances aspirin plays another vital role in the suppression of cancer growth.

There’s a bonus, too.

Aspirin can help prevent the blood clots associated with heart attacks and strokes. Those questioning the value of aspirin will, inevitably, point out that aspirin can cause bleeding and that some strokes are caused by a bleed. But 85% to 90% of strokes are caused by clots.

There are risks with aspirin of course. There are risks with all drugs. But there is probably a similar risk of death or serious illness in driving to the hospital for radiotherapy.

More research is being done into the value of aspirin though I suspect that the research being done will ensure that attention is drawn to the risks rather than the benefits. This is a classic drug company ploy – they have been doing it for decades and I first drew attention to it in the 1970s.

In due course the big drug companies may, with the support of the big charities and the NHS, produce special packs of aspirin tablets to prevent or help treat breast cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and so on. There will be different packaging and high prices and the NHS will happily pay the prices demanded.

More research is being done but scientific papers have already been published showing the value of taking aspirin. It has been suggested that if those over 50 take it then their risks of developing bowel cancer will be reduced.

If you consider taking aspirin then you should investigate all the risks.

If you are allergic to aspirin you mustn’t take it. You should be aware that aspirin – whether soluble or not – can cause bleeding.

Aspirin doesn’t mix well with a lot of other drugs – including many prescription drugs. In my view, if you’ve had the covid jab then you shouldn’t take aspirin because of the potential bleeding risk.

But we have to prepare ourselves for a life without much in the way of health care and with massively long waiting times for care. And it seems to me that a small daily dose of aspirin is worthwhile.

I am not, repeat not, recommending that anyone take 75 mg of dispersible aspirin a day. I do so, but it’s my decision. This is a personal choice. You have to do some research and make up your own mind.

Copyright Vernon Coleman August 2022

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