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In Some Cases, Aspirin Might Protect Against Colon Cancer

Last updated: Oct 31, 2011

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Scientists report that taking aspirin twice a day might reduce some people's risk of colon cancer.

NPR reports that people with Lynch syndrome, a hereditary disease that predisposes patients to cancers of the digestive tract and other areas, were 60 percent less likely to get colon cancer if they took aspirin twice a day than if they took a placebo instead.

But don't stock up on analgesics just yet: There's no evidence that aspirin will help people without Lynch syndrome. Also, aspirin can increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding and stroke in some cases.

While researchers are still trying to figure out how aspirin (and how much aspirin) might be helpful and for whom, the U.S. Preventative Service Task Force recommends that everyone over age 50 get regular colorectal screenings.