Study: Aspirin Use After Colorectal Cancer Diagnosis May Improve Survival

The UK’s Telegraph (4/25, Adams) reports, “Taking a daily aspirin after being diagnosed with bowel cancer can reduce the chance of dying from the disease by almost a third, according to research published” in the British Journal of Cancer. Investigators found that “patients with colorectal cancer who took an 80mg tablet daily for at least nine months were 30 per cent less likely to die over an average follow-up period of 3.5 years, compared to those who did not take it at all.” This “effect was even more marked for those diagnosed with colon cancer, as opposed to rectal cancer, cutting the chance of death by 39 per cent.”