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Aspirin and Cancer Prevention

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Aspirin seems, once again, to reduce the risk of cancer. The humble aspirin tablet has shown promise for prevention in cancer research. A recent case-control study from China shows that women who took aspirin twice a week for at least a month were nearly 50 percent less likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer. That was among non-smokers. Among women who smoked, the reduction was 62 percent.

These findings are an association, and don't show that aspirin was the reason for the reduced risk. But similar findings in previous studies all point in the same direction. Doctors don't advise people to start taking aspirin to prevent cancer. The benefits are not yet clear and aspirin is known to increase the risk of dangerous bleeding, such as bleeding ulcers. People taking aspirin for another purpose, however, just might get some anti-cancer benefit as a bonus.


[Lung Cancer, online, Apri 5, 2012]

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Would you please comment on the Ophthalmology Journal, January issue, article about daily 81 mg. aspirin causing macular degeneration to become "wet" and leading to blindness.

The article on aspirin to reduce the risk of lung cancer was very interesting. What dosage do they recommend?

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