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Aspirin 'reduces bowel cancer risk'
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 7:31 am 

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Experts have discovered that taking a low daily dose of aspirin could greatly reduce the risk of developing bowel cancer.

Research published in gastroenterology journal Gut concluded that those taking 75mg of aspirin daily were less likely to develop the disease than those who did not.

The conclusions were based on a study of 2,800 people with bowel cancer and nearly 3,000 healthy people. The study showed that 16% of people suffering from bowel cancer were taking a low dose of aspirin, compared to 18% of healthy participants.

It also determined that taking the recommended daily dosage of aspirin for one to three years led to a 19% reduction in risk of getting bowel cancer, while those who took it for three to five years had a 24% reduced risk, which rose to 31% after five to 10 years.

However, the study revealed that doubling the dose had no added benefit, while positive effects were apparent after 12 months, and people not considered at risk could benefit from taking a daily dosage, with positive benefits mounting up after time.


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