Washington: A new study by scientists including one of an Indian origin has found that aspirin slowed the growth of breast cancer cell lines in the lab and significantly reduced the growth of tumours in mice.The age-old headache remedy also exhibits the ability to prevent tumour cells from spreading.Results of the study by researchers at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., and the University of Kansas Medical Center, suggested that regular use of low-dose aspirin might prevent the progression of breast cancer in humans.Anecdotal evidence indicated that breast cancer was less likely to return in women who took aspirin to lower their risk of heart attack or stroke. But the science behind this relationship is not well understood.The VA study found that aspirin might interfere with cancer cells` ability to find an aggressive, more primordial state. In the mouse model the researchers used, cancer cells treated with aspirin formed no or only partial stem cells, which are believed to fuel the growth and spread of tumours.
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