Women who took a 100-milligram aspirin every day were less likely to receive a diagnosis of colon cancer after 10 years than women who took a placebo, according to an analysis of data from almost 34,000 participants in the Women’s Health Study. It’s too early to recommend taking aspirin for cancer prevention alone (in part because it also increases the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding), but the findings suggest another benefit for women already taking the pills for heart-health purposes.
Source: Annals of Internal Medicine 7-16-2013 Consumer Reports on Health October 2013