Aspirin, that wonder drug for over 100 years, can do many things besides pain relief. It can dramatically reduce a high risk person’s risk of heart attacks and strokes; there’s growing evidence that healthy persons over 40 who take a baby aspirin a day (81mg size) may decrease their long-term risk of heart disease. (But do not start this without talking with a doctor; daily aspirin use can cause ulcers and stomach bleeding, so the doctor needs to assess your risks. )
Now, there’s a new study in JAMA that shows a 30% decreased risk of colon cancer in aspirin patients. This study is far from the final answer but it does add to the growing evidence of aspirin’s positive effects! The link below has some more details about the recent study. There is also more patient information on aspirin and heart disease here.
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