A new study has found that women with type 2 diabetes who take low dose aspirin reduce their risk of breast cancer development, according to a press release from the Academy of Women’s Health. The study followed 149,000 women over 14 years finding an 18 percent decrease in breast cancer development among those that used low-dose aspirin as compared to those that did not.

The study was published in the Journal of Women’s Health and is freely available for viewing online until July 8, 2017. The researchers hailing from Chung Shan Medical University Hospital and Hung Kuang University defined low-dose aspirin as anywhere from 75 to 165 mg taken daily.

The researchers also found that a high dosage of aspirin taken over 14 years reduced breast cancer risk by as much as 47 percent. However, medium cumulative doses did not decrease breast cancer risk.

“Women with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of breast cancer, and these results suggest that the same low-dose aspirin that many of these women take to prevent cardiovascular disease may also help reduce their risk of breast cancer,” said Susan G. Kornstein, MD, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Women’s Health, Executive Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health, Richmond, VA, and President of the Academy of Women’s Health.

Diabetes currently affects more than 29 million Americans or 9.3 percent of the population, according to Medical News Today. Type 2 diabetes is also the most common form of the disease.

It is also important to note that women with diabetes have had a higher risk of developing breast cancer. This research could be imperative for helping women with diabetes avoid breast cancer later in their life.

“Our findings suggest that a cumulative aspirin dosage of more than 88,900 mg daily was associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer in women with diabetes,” the researchers wrote in the published study. “However, additional studies are necessary to confirm these findings.”

Talk to your doctor to find out if taking a low-dose aspirin daily is best for you. It may help reduce your risk of breast cancer!

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