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Does Aspirin Reduce Your Risk of Colon Cancer?

on 25 Aug 2014 9:35 | Viewed 255 times

There has been a growing body of evidence suggesting that regular use of aspirin may lower the risk of certain cancers, particularly those of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This gradual upsurge in interest has been countered, however, by the well-known risks associated with aspirin — notably peptic ulcer disease, intestinal bleeding, and less commonly hemorrhagic stroke.

It’s time to take a hard look at all the data and truly assess the benefits and risks. According to investigators reporting in the Annals of Oncology, here’s what we know so far.

Aspirin and Colon Cancer

Regular, long-term use of aspirin substantially reduces the risk of developing colorectal cancer in persons aged 50 to 65. Long-term use was necessary to see the effect, which appeared only after three years. For persons at average risk of developing colon cancer (those without a family history), researchers estimate that 10 years of aspirin use would reduce the risk by 7 percent in women and 9 percent in men.

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