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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Daily Aspirin May Reduce Risk Of Cancer


The Time (8/10, Sifferlin) "Healthland" blog reported that a new study published online August 10 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute based on "data on 100,139 predominantly white men and women over age 60 with no history of cancer" found "fresh evidence that popping a daily aspirin is associated with a lower risk of dying from cancer." The data included surveys of the participants regarding aspirin use in 1992-93, 1997, "and every two years thereafter until 2003." The data showed that "those taking a daily dose of aspirin for at least five years had a 16% lower risk of cancer death than" non-takers with "overall reduction in risk...driven by a 40% lower mortality risk from gastrointestinal tract cancers." 

Reuters (8/10, Joelving) reported that the result was less pronounced than in a study published earlier this year finding a 37 percent drop overall in cancer risk after 5 years of daily aspirin use.