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Using Aspirin to Prevent Cancer
Benefits and Risks
Many people at risk for heart disease have been told to take aspirin daily to prevent heart attack, but what many people do not know is that aspirin will also help prevent colon, bile duct, breast and other cancers and can improve outcomes for those who are receiving cancer treatment.1, 2
Those at risk for colon cancer and heart disease who are without bleeding risks, and are between the ages of 50 and 59, should take 81 milligram baby aspirin daily after consulting their doctor.3
Adults 60 years and older may be able to take low-dose aspirin, but this must be determined with their doctor.3
* The Coalition for Advanced Cancer Treatment and Prevention a project of The National Fund for Alternative Medicine
- Choi J, et al, “Aspirin Use and The Risk of Cholangiocarcinoma,” Hepatology, 2016, 64(3), Pgs 785-796, doi:10.1002/hep.28529.
- Elwood PC, et al, “Aspirin in the Treatment of Cancer: Reductions in Metastatic Spread and in Mortality: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analyses of Published Studies,” PLoS ONE, 2016, 11(4), http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0152402
- Bibbins-Domingo K, on behalf of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, “Aspirin Use for the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Colorectal Cancer: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement,” Ann Intern Med, 2016 12 Apr, doi:10.7326/M16-0577.