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Researchers based their new analysis on data from 51 trials involving more than 77,000 patients.
BBC reports the findings:
"Taking a low (75-300mg) daily dose of the drug appeared to cut the total number of cancer cases by about a quarter after only three years - there were nine cancer cases per 1,000 each year in the aspirin-taking group, compared with 12 per 1,000 for those taking dummy pills.
It also reduced the risk of a cancer death by 15% within five years (and sooner if the dose was higher than 300mg) And if patients stayed on aspirin for longer, their cancer death risk went down even further - by 37% after five years."
One of the doctors involved in the research admitted that he does take an aspirin a day to stave off cancer. Would you recommend this to a patient? Do you yourself take aspirin everyday to prevent cancer? Do you need more evidence?