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Aspirin protects against cancer

17th April 2007

There is growing evidence that aspirin, already known to help prevent stroke and heart disease, could also play a part in defending the body against cancer.

Researchers at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic told the American Association for Cancer Research annual conference that those who took the aspirin were 16% less likely to develop cancer than those who did not.

They were also 13% less likely to die of the disease, they said.

The study tracked 22,500 post-menopausal women over a period of 12 years, and found that the risk of developing breast, ovarian, prostate and lung cancer were reduced by taking aspirin several times a week.

 

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