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Daily Aspirin Linked to Steep Drop in Cancer Risk
Date:12/6/2010

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"[This] is the largest study to show that people who take aspirin for a long period of time have a reduced risk of death from many cancers, especially gastrointestinal cancers," he noted.

"The take-home message for patients is that if someone is taking low-dose or regular aspirin, it may put them at a reduced risk of death from cancer," Arslan added. "However, if someone is not already taking aspirin they should talk with their physician before starting. Aspirin has risks of side effects, including bleeding and stroke."

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For more on aspirin, visit the National Institutes of Health.

-- Alan Mozes

SOURCES: The Lancet, news release, Dec. 6, 2010; Alan Arslan, M.D., assistant professor, departments of obstetrics and gynecology and environmental medicine, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City


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