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Aspirin can cut cancer risks

IANS  London, December 13, 2012
First Published: 12:14 IST(13/12/2012) | Last Updated: 14:27 IST(13/12/2012)

Patients at high risk of developing cancer could be prescribed regular doses of aspirin as a preventative measure, British experts say. There is widespread evidence that taking the pain-killer on a daily basis can cut the chances of developing the illness by up to a third, the Daily Mail reported on Wednesday.

CancerNext year, Britain will consider whether certain patients at risk of some cancers should be prescribed aspirin as a preventative measure.

The pain-killer has been shown to be particularly effective against bowel cancer - one of the most common forms of the disease - particularly if patients have a family history of the illness. But it also causes stomach bleeds and ulcers, which are not usually fatal but often require hospital treatment.

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As such, doctors would need to weigh up whether the protective benefits of aspirin outweighed its side-effects. The plan emerged as the government's cancer director warned that survival rates still lag behind other western countries, despite drastic efforts.


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