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Detailed review on aspirin and cancer risk

An aspirin a day could dramatically cut people's chances of getting and dying from common cancers, according to the most detailed review yet of the cheap drug's ability to stem disease. [s]The Guardian[/s] reports that a research team led by Professor Jack Cuzick, head of the centre for cancer prevention at [b]Queen Mary University of London[/b], concluded that people between 50 and 65 should consider regularly taking the 75mg low-dosage tablets. However, taking aspirin every day for 10 years increases the risk of stomach bleeds among 60-year-olds from 2.2% to 3.6%. Cuzick added that there was evidence that this side-effect could be more common in people who have the bacterium [i]Helicobacter pylori[/i] in their stomach, which also causes peptic ulcers. He said people considering embarking on a regime of daily aspirin should talk to their GP and it might be possible to be tested first.

[link url=]Full report in The Guardian[/link]
[link url=]Annon abstract[/link]

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