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Aspirin linked to lower colon cancer risk in women

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Every-other-day aspirin could fight cancer

Researchers find that taking a low dose of aspirin every other day may cut a woman's risk for colon cancer.

Every-other-day aspirin could fight cancer

Could aspirin be the key to lowering your risk for colon cancer? According to a new study... yes!

A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine indicates that taking one aspirin every other day can decrease the risk of colon cancer by up to 42 percent. In the study, researchers found that out of nearly 40,000 women over 45 that they followed over an 18-year span, those that took an aspirin three times a week on average had a lower instance of colon cancer over those that took the placebo.

After 10 years of taking the aspirin, those on it saw their risk of cancer drop. This aligns with other studies in the past that show aspirin may somehow ward off all types of cancer.

The study was the first to show that, like other studies with men, women may get some cancer protection from taking aspirin.

Some women in the group did get cancer, and researchers noted that aspirin did not have an effect on the risk for developing lung or breast cancers.

Before you gobble up the Bayer, researchers used a lower dose to avoid side effects such as stomach bleeding. More aspirin did not equate to more cancer protection.

In other news, another recent study found that sugary, fattening foods are linked to colon cancer, too.

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