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  1. Lawrence McGinty

New evidence suggests aspirin 'could prevent cancer'

There is strong evidence that a daily dose of aspirin could prevent cancer and could stop it spreading in patients who already have cancer.

Three reports in the Lancet by Professor Peter M Rothwell at Oxford University show aspirin reduced the risk of a cancer death by 15 per cent compared with controls. This improved to a 37 per cent reduced risk of a cancer death for those on aspirin from five years and onwards.

They also found that aspirin reduced the risk of cancer spreading by 36 per cent, particularly in patients with colorectal cancer. In these cases the risk of cancer spreading was reduced by 74 per cent.