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Aspirin Linked to Colon Cancer Survival

An aspirin study from the Netherlands suggests that aspirin may actually improve survival in patients with colon cancer. Almost 4,500 people were included in the study that spanned nearly a decade. Of these, almost one in four took aspirin after their cancer diagnosis. Half had already been taking aspirin before the diagnosis and continued taking their low-dose aspirin pill after beginning treatment. One quarter of the colon cancer patients did not take aspirin. The researchers found that taking a baby aspirin pill daily reduced the risk of dying from colon cancer by up to 30 percent over the course of the decade.

[British Journal of Cancer, April 24, 2012]

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies..
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