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Low dose aspirin reduces risk of dying from a range of cancers

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 07 December 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c7082
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

Taking 75 mg of aspirin every day for five years or more reduces the risk of dying from a range of common cancers, a review of randomised trials has found.

The benefit is unrelated to sex or smoking habit and increases with age, the review says (Lancet, doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62110-1).

Tom Meade, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and one of the study’s authors, said that the findings are likely to “alter clinical and public health advice about low dose aspirin, because the balance between benefit and [gastrointestinal] bleeding has probably been altered towards using it.”

However, he cautioned that not everyone should automatically take aspirin. Health professionals and others would have to consider the practical implications, he said.

For the study the …

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