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Can an aspirin a day help prevent colon cancer?

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Dr. Amanda Xi
Dr. Amanda Xianswered
General Practice 6 years experience
Possibly: A recent study (burn et al 2011, lancet) suggests that an Aspirin a day reduces cancer risk in carriers of hereditary colorectal cancer. Further studies need to be completed to evaluate an Aspirin regimen for risk reduction of sporadic (non-inherited) colon cancers.
Dr. Paul Cohen
Dr. Paul Cohen commented
Family Medicine 28 years experience
The evidence is being studied and i agree with Dr. Rosen. Ask your own health provider before you start on Aspirin to determine if it is right for you.
Dec 6, 2011
Dr. Crystal Twynham
General Surgery 33 years experience
Maybe: There is some evidence that certain medications that reduce inflammation (called cox-2 inhibitors) may lower colon cancer risk. This has not been proven with aspirin.

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