Does aspirin help avoid colon cancer?

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Yes.  An article published in Lancet 2010 revealed aspirin (75 mg or more) a day decreases your risk of some types of colon cancer.  This article combined results of four studies totaling 14,000+ patients.  The caveats are that

  • aspirin must be taken daily for more than 5 years.
  • aspirin decreased proximal (or right-sided) colon cancer by 70%.
  • aspirin significantly decreases the risk of rectal cancer.
  • doses of aspirin greater than 75 mg a day were not shown to decrease colon cancer more than 75 mg a day.

Hope this helps.

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