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Health Update: Can an Aspirin a Day Keep Cancer Away?


Researchers have long debated the effectiveness of managing inflammation to prevent cancer, but recent studies, including two from the Mayo Clinic and the John Radcliffe Hospital, offer evidence that taking aspirin regularly for five years or longer can reduce the risk of pancreatic, colorectal, melanoma and other solid cancers.

Although this simple prevention tool offers a great deal of hope, researchers warn that aspirin is not without side effects, as it increases the risks of liver toxicity and bleeding in the stomach and brain if taken for an extended period.

Researcher say those concerned with the risk of cancer should talk to their physicians about whether taking aspirin regularly as a prevention method is right for them. In the meantime, studies will continue to identify ways to minimize the negative side effects of an aspirin regimen.





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