Cancer

The Aspirin-Cancer Link

August 1, 2018

The Aspirin-Cancer Link

Each day, tens of millions of people use aspirin to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke. But did you know, a daily aspirin could also decrease your likelihood of developing cancer, particularly colorectal cancer in men?

Studies looking at the aspirin-cancer link are still in their early phases, and some still believe that the real long-term risk of aspirin use may still not outweigh the benefits. Therefore, it is important that colon-cancer screening should still be employed.

Adults age 50 – 75 should have regular colorectal screenings. Talk to your doctor about earlier and more frequent screenings if you have an increased risk.

Colorectal Cancer Risk Factors

  • You or a close relative have had colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer
  • You have inflammatory bowel disease
  • You have a genetic syndrome such as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) or hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer

Don’t be surprised if your doctor prescribes a daily aspirin between colorectal cancer screenings.

Dr. Crockett

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