Aspirin Prevents Colon Cancer?

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.

Study: Aspirin Aids Colon Cancer Patients.






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4 thoughts on “Aspirin Prevents Colon Cancer?”

  1. How does it work its magic? I read an ariticle in local newspaper saying it increases risk of internal bleeding (not sure what that means actually) At least it looks like it always has its pros and cons. My dad takes it every day and I may suggest him to check with you on the dosage and potential risk…

    1. Yes, it’s true, last week a new study from England showed a slight risk of bleeding in low-risk persons. So, there is a risk-benefit balance that people need to consider. If you’re young (under 40) and have great blood pressure and cholesterol than no you don’t need it, since the risks outweigh the benefits. If you’re over 50 with risk factors, benefits may outweigh risks. One thing people can do is go to the website http://www.myhealthcheckup.com and calculate their 10 year risk of heart attacks. If it’s over 10% risk, they probably should take aspirin, and should discuss with their doctor. By the way, the dose should never be more than 100mg a day; 81mg or 75mg is even safer.

  2. Yes, it's true, last week a new study from England showed a slight risk of bleeding in low-risk persons. So, there is a risk-benefit balance that people need to consider. If you're young (under 40) and have great blood pressure and cholesterol than no you don't need it, since the risks outweigh the benefits. If you're over 50 with risk factors, benefits may outweigh risks. One thing people can do is go to the website ” target=”_blank”>http://www.myhealthcheckup.com and calculate their 10 year risk of heart attacks. If it's over 10% risk, they probably should take aspirin, and should discuss with their doctor. By the way, the dose should never be more than 100mg a day; 81mg or 75mg is even safer.

  3. Yes, it's true, last week a new study from England showed a slight risk of bleeding in low-risk persons. So, there is a risk-benefit balance that people need to consider. If you're young (under 40) and have great blood pressure and cholesterol than no you don't need it, since the risks outweigh the benefits. If you're over 50 with risk factors, benefits may outweigh risks. One thing people can do is go to the website ” target=”_blank”>http://www.myhealthcheckup.com and calculate their 10 year risk of heart attacks. If it's over 10% risk, they probably should take aspirin, and should discuss with their doctor. By the way, the dose should never be more than 100mg a day; 81mg or 75mg is even safer.

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