Aspirin may protect against cancer

New Swedish-British research indicates that low doses of aspirin can cut cases of colon cancer.

The study, published in the British medical journal The Lancet, found that low doses of aspirin, taken daily and over the long term, can reduce cases of colorectal cancer by a quarter, and the death toll from the disease by a third.

But experts warn that aspirin’s side effects of bleeding and stomach problems are a concern for people who are not at high risk.

Aspirin is already recommended in low, daily doses by many doctors for patients at risk of a heart attack or a stroke.

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