Aspirin sales rocket 500 per cent at Bolton shop

Aspirin sales rocket 500 per cent at Bolton shop

Aspirin sales rocket 500 per cent at Bolton shop

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , health reporter

ASPIRIN sales have rocketed by 500 per cent at a Bolton shop since scientists revealed it could reduce the risk of cancer.

New research found that taking a daily dose of the drug reduces the likelihood of major cancers, mainly those effecting the digestive tract.

The findings, revealed at the end of last month, saw Bolton shoppers last week buy five times the normal quantity sold at the Superdrug store in Deansgate.

The study, published in the journal Annals of Oncology, covered more than 200 clinical trials and other studies investigating aspirin’s anti-cancer effects.

If everyone in the UK aged 50 to 64 took aspirin for 10 years, an estimated 130,357 cancer deaths could be avoided over two decades, the study found.

A further 9,473 fatal heart attacks would also be prevented, it said.

Leading Bolton GP Dr Stephen Liversedge welcomed the “interesting” findings but urged patients not to self-prescribe.

Dr Liversedge, clinical director for primary care at Bolton Clinical Commiss-ioning Group (CCG), said: “There have been a variety of studies of the use of aspirin in treating heart disease. “These have shown an unequivocal benefit for those patients in preventing recurrences.

“What is interesting is that, coincidentally, it has been observed that this group of patients seem to have less cancer compared with people who do not take aspirin.

“At present, however, we cannot be certain that we should recommend everyone takes aspirin to reduce their risk of cancer.

“Aspirin can have side effects and, as with any drug, we have to be certain that the benefits outweigh the risks in any situation.

“As a general rule, people should neither start, nor stop taking medication without first speaking to their GP who can advise on the best treatment for that individual.”

Lead researcher Professor Jack Cuzick, head of Queen Mary, University of London’s Centre for Cancer Prevention, stopped short of urging GPs to prescribe aspirin to healthy patients but added: “I think they should recommend it.”

Aimee Gladish, buyer at Superdrug, said: “Following the news reports, we have seen an increase in sales on aspirin.

“It is great to see our customers taking a pro-active approach to their healthcare, and our in-store pharmacists are on hand to help with any queries they may have.”

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9:37am Mon 11 Aug 14

steveG says...

This just serves to highlight the hysteria created by often misleading and/or false information released by scientists who have not taken the time to study or interpret their results accurately. Don't be surprised if in 5 years time there's a large increase in the numbers of people suffering in pain with internal bleeding.
This just serves to highlight the hysteria created by often misleading and/or false information released by scientists who have not taken the time to study or interpret their results accurately. Don't be surprised if in 5 years time there's a large increase in the numbers of people suffering in pain with internal bleeding. steveG
  • Score: 14

9:49am Mon 11 Aug 14

Terry McC says...

just eat well all these contain aspirin
Apples
Avocados
Blueberries
Broccoli
Cauliflower
Cherries
Chili peppers
Cucumbers
Currants (including dried currants)
Dates
Eggplant
Figs
Grapefruit
Grapes
Kiwi
Licorice (the herb, not the candy)
Meadowsweet (an herb)
Paprika
Peaches
Plums and prunes
Radishes
Raspberries
Spinach
Strawberries
Turmeric (the spice)
Willow bark
Zucchini
just eat well all these contain aspirin Apples Avocados Blueberries Broccoli Cauliflower Cherries Chili peppers Cucumbers Currants (including dried currants) Dates Eggplant Figs Grapefruit Grapes Kiwi Licorice (the herb, not the candy) Meadowsweet (an herb) Paprika Peaches Plums and prunes Radishes Raspberries Spinach Strawberries Turmeric (the spice) Willow bark Zucchini Terry McC
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12:50pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Chrome1 says...

So instead of selling 2 packs a day they sold 10. Is that the 500% increase? And which shop was it; are we to assume Superdrug? Sorry to be a cynic but I'm just waiting for the report which will tell us that aspirin does eff all; it's pizza we need to be eating if we want to reduce cancer.
So instead of selling 2 packs a day they sold 10. Is that the 500% increase? And which shop was it; are we to assume Superdrug? Sorry to be a cynic but I'm just waiting for the report which will tell us that aspirin does eff all; it's pizza we need to be eating if we want to reduce cancer. Chrome1
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12:52pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Chrome1 says...

Sorry I just read it it was superdug. Silly me.
Sorry I just read it it was superdug. Silly me. Chrome1
  • Score: -4

2:33pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Lancashire always says...

Terry McC wrote:
just eat well all these contain aspirin Apples Avocados Blueberries Broccoli Cauliflower Cherries Chili peppers Cucumbers Currants (including dried currants) Dates Eggplant Figs Grapefruit Grapes Kiwi Licorice (the herb, not the candy) Meadowsweet (an herb) Paprika Peaches Plums and prunes Radishes Raspberries Spinach Strawberries Turmeric (the spice) Willow bark Zucchini
At 16p a pack taking half an aspirin a day thats a lot cheaper than the above !
[quote][p][bold]Terry McC[/bold] wrote: just eat well all these contain aspirin Apples Avocados Blueberries Broccoli Cauliflower Cherries Chili peppers Cucumbers Currants (including dried currants) Dates Eggplant Figs Grapefruit Grapes Kiwi Licorice (the herb, not the candy) Meadowsweet (an herb) Paprika Peaches Plums and prunes Radishes Raspberries Spinach Strawberries Turmeric (the spice) Willow bark Zucchini[/p][/quote]At 16p a pack taking half an aspirin a day thats a lot cheaper than the above ! Lancashire always
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4:52pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Chrome1 says...

Lancashire always wrote:
Terry McC wrote:
just eat well all these contain aspirin Apples Avocados Blueberries Broccoli Cauliflower Cherries Chili peppers Cucumbers Currants (including dried currants) Dates Eggplant Figs Grapefruit Grapes Kiwi Licorice (the herb, not the candy) Meadowsweet (an herb) Paprika Peaches Plums and prunes Radishes Raspberries Spinach Strawberries Turmeric (the spice) Willow bark Zucchini
At 16p a pack taking half an aspirin a day thats a lot cheaper than the above !
Because half an aspirin won't feed you
[quote][p][bold]Lancashire always[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Terry McC[/bold] wrote: just eat well all these contain aspirin Apples Avocados Blueberries Broccoli Cauliflower Cherries Chili peppers Cucumbers Currants (including dried currants) Dates Eggplant Figs Grapefruit Grapes Kiwi Licorice (the herb, not the candy) Meadowsweet (an herb) Paprika Peaches Plums and prunes Radishes Raspberries Spinach Strawberries Turmeric (the spice) Willow bark Zucchini[/p][/quote]At 16p a pack taking half an aspirin a day thats a lot cheaper than the above ![/p][/quote]Because half an aspirin won't feed you Chrome1
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