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New pill for cancer is a daily aspirin -The Times

In News on March 20, 2012 at 16:15

Aspirin tablets

The researchers found that aspirin cut death rates from cancer by more than a third
Times photographer, Simon Walker

Take your daily aspirin

Taking a daily aspirin can prevent the spread of cancer and could even help to treat the disease, according to “compelling” new research. Scientists at the University of Oxford found that a daily dose of the cheap generic drug could cut the risks from a range of cancers, with some benefits seen within a matter of months. The NHS is now working on issuing definitive advice on whether millions of people should start taking preventive aspirin in response to the “exciting” findings.

The research adds to a growing body of evidence that aspirin offers important protection against cancer and significantly reduces deaths from the disease. Aspirin is already known to protect against heart attacks and strokes, but the latest studies suggest that the protective effect on cancer could be even greater.

The chances that cancer will already have spread when it is diagnosed were a third lower for patients taking aspirin than those who did not. The chances that a diagnosed cancer would subsequently spread were reduced by almost half by taking a daily dose of aspirin, the researchers found.

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