Can taking aspirin every other day lower women's risk for colon cancer?
According to a study that focused on 40,000 45+ aged women, it may be the case.
According to researcher Nancy Cook, a professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, the protection takes some time to see an effect. Cook said that after 18 years of follow-up there was a 20 percent reduction in colon cancer, but from years 10 to 18, the reduction was 42 percent.
The women who participated in the study took a low dose of aspirin, 100 milligrams, every other day. Researchers tracked different types of cancers, including colorectal cancer.
Although women were the only participants within the study, the results will probably apply to men too.
The findings within the study encourage a global recommendation that everyone over 45 years of age take alternate day aspirin for colon cancer risk reduction.
Generally, daily aspirin dosage has been recommended to help benefit heart and colon help, but the dose was 325 milligrams of regular aspirin.
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