An aspirin a day keeps colon cancer away
Colon Cancer and Aspirin
An Oxford University study shows that taking a 300mg tablet of aspirin a day for five years can reduce the risk of colon cancer by 74 per cent in the subsequent 10-15 years, or by 37 per cent overall.
The study published in The Lancet was conducted by a team led by Professor Peter Rothwell, from the Department of Clinical Neurology, in collaboration with the original investigators including Sir Richard Doll, Sir Richard Peto and Charles Warlow. Professor Rothwell's team followed up two large randomised trials of aspirin carried out at Oxford University in the late 1970s and early '80s where patients were given varying doses of aspirin or a dummy pill for five to seven years. Researchers have logged the results of the delayed effect of aspirin on colon cancer of those patients who took part in the British Doctors' Aspirin Trial and the UK-TIA Aspirin Trial.