New Study Shows Aspirin May Prevent Mesothelioma.
Simple aspirin could be the key to preventing or delaying the growth of malignant mesothelioma for those who spent years working in high-risk occupations, a new report shows.
Researchers at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center concluded the popular over-the-counter medication can inhibit the growth of mesothelioma tumor cells by blocking the inflammatory effects of a particular molecule that plays a critical role in the progression of the disease.
Although the study used lab mice, its relevance already has reached the clinical stage.
“The findings were very convincing. The aspirin worked really well. It increased survival [in mice] dramatically,” associate professor of the school’s thoracic oncology program, Dr. Haining Yang, told Asbestos.com. “For anyone at high risk for mesothelioma later in life, taking aspirin might be a good option in terms of prevention.”