Debate Continues Over Using Aspirin In Cancer Fight

Recent studies showing aspirin may play a role in preventing colorectal cancer have started a debate over whether recommending a daily dose is or isn’t a good idea. According to one side of the argument, the benefits outweigh the risks. A 2010 study of 14,000 patients found a daily aspirin was associated with a 24 percent lower risk of developing colorectal cancer and a 35 percent reduction in deaths over eight to ten years. On the other hand, aspirin use is also associated with side effects such as gastrointestinal bleeding and intracranial hemorrhage. According to professor Nadir Arber, of Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, more research is needed to identify who will most benefit without developing dangerous side effects before daily use can be recommended to the general public. More here.

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