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Many people take aspirin every day, or every other day, to help prevent heart attack and stroke. But should you take it to prevent cancer?
Research has shown that aspirin does help prevent heart attack and stroke in people who are at high risk for those things. But cancer is different.
Yes, there are studies that seem to show that daily aspirin use helps prevent some types of cancer, such as colon cancer. But the evidence isn't strong enough yet to convince experts that the benefits outweigh the risks.
You may be thinking, "What risks? Cancer scares me. I want to do everything I can to prevent it."
But there's a really good reason why you shouldn't start taking aspirin without talking to your doctor first: Aspirin is a medicine. And like most medicines, it can cause side effects—sometimes serious ones.
It's best to talk to your doctor so that you understand the possible benefits and also the possible risks.
Your doctor might recommend that you take a daily aspirin to help prevent cancer if:
Current as of:
August 22, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineJimmy Ruiz MD - Hematology, Oncology
Current as of: August 22, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Jimmy Ruiz MD - Hematology, Oncology
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