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.