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Study finds that aspirin improves survival after colon cancer diagnosis

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 01 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2476
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Taking low doses of aspirin after a diagnosis of colon cancer appears to improve survival, a study has found.1

In a commentary an oncologist from New York said that enough evidence had now accumulated from observational studies to recommend aspirin to patients with new diagnoses of stage III colon cancer.2

It has been known for some time that aspirin reduces the incidence of colon cancer, but using aspirin as a treatment for colon cancer has only been investigated since about 2009, when a study showed improved survival. Two randomised clinical trials have been …

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