Please note that the use of aspirin can cause some gastrointestinal bleeding and should only be started after consulting a physician.
Two separate studies were published this summer linking the use of aspirin to the reduction of colon cancer. The first was published in the June issue of JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) that shows a 27% reduction in the risk of colon cancers that are not linked to a BRAF genetic cause.
And in the July issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine another study shows that followed just under 40,000 women who take either a low does aspirin or a placebo every other day. The group who took the aspirin showed a 20% lower rate of colon cancer over those who were in the placebo group.
These two studies come on the heels of several other studies that have linked aspirin with lower cancer deaths overall and with the slowing of the progression of cancer in those who already have the disease.
So, is aspirin some new wonder drug? The answer is never simple. Daily, or every other day, dosages of aspirin can cause an increased risk for internal bleeding. If you have a family history of colon cancer or a personal history of polyps or cancer, you should consult your physician and have an open discussion on the risk versus benefits of an aspirin regiment.