Researchers from the Netherlands have found that taking a daily dose of aspirin for any length of time after being diagnosed with bowel cancer will reduce the risk of dying from the disease by 23%.
Taking a daily dose of the pain killer for at least nine months after being diagnosed cuts the likelihood of dying from the disease by 30%.
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