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Long-Term Aspirin Use Seems to Protect Against Colorectal Lesions
Date:2/10/2009

about a high-risk group here. So, at the same time, we have to advise these patients that they are still at a higher risk and recommend that they continue to come in for follow-up screenings as they would if they weren't talking the aspirin."

In related findings published in the same issue of the journal, an international team of researchers reported that regular aspirin use at doses ranging from 81 milligrams to 325 mg appeared to collectively lower the absolute risk for developing any kind of precancerous colorectal lesion by almost 7 percent. And in relative terms -- when compared with taking no NSAIDs at all -- those patients taking aspirin achieved a 28 percent reduction in their risk for developing advanced lesions.

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For more on colorectal cancer, visit the U.S. National Cancer Institute.



SOURCES: John Baron, M.D., professor of medicine, and professor of community and family medicine, Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, N.H.; Jerald D. Wishner, M.D., director of colon and rectal surgery, Northern Westchester Hospital Center, Mount Kisco, N.Y.; Feb. 18, 2009, Journal of the National Cancer Institute


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