Colon cancer and low dose aspirin

We all have heard that low doses of aspirin will reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. The news is that low doses of aspair can lower your risk of colon cancer.

Researchers reported on October 21 2010 that aspirin reduced the number of cases of colorectal cancer by 25% and cut colon cancer deaths by 33%.

Colon cancer is the second most common form of cancer in developed countries after lung cancer.

There have been various medical studies have shown that people who take high doses of aspirin are less likely to develop colon cancer as well as the little growths called polyps that can develop into cancer.

The drawback is that aspirin can cause bleedng the stomach and intestines for some people. It is interesting to note that some studies have shown that ibuprofen can also reduce colon cancer rates among people who take it regularly over the long term.

The colonoscopy is a test that most people prefer to avoid. This test allows the doctor to check for polyps that can develop into cancer. If the taking of a low-dose aspirin is effective then most people would choose this less-invasive method.

If you have a history of colon cancer in your family it can affect everything from your rating for life insurance to the type of diet you will choose. Talk to your family doctor about the low-dose aspirin regime. If you wish to avoid the higher cost of this "fancier" aspirin, you might be able to take "baby" aspirin to achieve the same result. Ask questions, get answers for your particular needs.


See Also:

  • Bullet Item