2013 Studies on Reducing Risk of Colon Cancer, Dementia

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A 2013 study in the Annals of Internal Medicine finds that women who take a low-dose aspirin every other day may reduce their risk of colon cancer. A different study examining the self-employed finds that those who work longer before retiring have a lower risk of dementia.



"2013 Studies on Reducing Risk of Colon Cancer, Dementia." Nancy Snyderman, correspondent. NBC Nightly News. NBCUniversal Media. 16 July 2013. NBC Learn. Web. 12 August 2017.


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2013 Studies on Reducing Risk of Colon Cancer, Dementia


We had planned to bring you a report tonight on the popularity of e-cigarettes. It’s completed. We’ll bring that to you another time. As two other health stories have intervened. Two of them as we mentioned, our Chief Medical Editor Doctor Nancy Snyderman is here to walk through them, first about the benefits of aspirin for women.


Yeah, Brian. This is a very interesting study. Long-term looking at healthy women ages 45and over, the women were followed for at least 18 years. And here is what the researchers found. Women who took low-dose aspirin, that’s about 100 milligrams every other day, had a 20% decreased chance of getting cancer of the colon. And women who stayed on aspirin even longer had even better results. The caveat of course is that it can cause stomach upset in some people. So for those women, Brian, doctors have to at least say bleeding is a possible risk, but really amazing data.

WILLIAMS: Now more positive elements for aspirin. The second subject was dementia in the news today.

DR. SNYDERMAN: Yeah, this is really interesting. There’s a big meeting going on in Boston right now, an amazing study coming out. Really looking at French, where they keep very good medical records. Over 400,000 retired people were followed for dementia. And here’s what the researchers found. Those who retired later in life in fact stayed sharper. It’s a real reminder that our brain is plastic, continues to learn and in fact, it’s some sort of like you lose it-- use it or lose it. So a reminder, I think, that these arbitrary deadlines for retirement in this country, 65, CEOs, Brian, we’re going to have to throw that notion away. This is extraordinary proof that our brains continue to learn and the more we challenge ourselves with community, tasks, younger people, the frankly the more we can head off dementia, and it costs a lot. $200 billion it costs United States every year.

WILLIAMS: All right, Nancy, thank you. And because of the high interest in dementia along these same lines, we wanted to let you know we have a very interesting story, more of a reality check tomorrow night. How to know what kind of memory loss is cause for concern, happens to a lot of us, and what’s less worrisome, like, when you ask yourself, “why did I walk into this room?” Well, will have some interesting reporting for you on this very topic and these very questions tomorrow night.