Saturday, February 28, 2004

Aspirin may help prevent prostate cancer

Taking an aspirin each day might be good for your heart, but new research suggests that it may also reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed non-skin cancer in the U.S. and Canada, "and is second only to lung cancer in terms of number of deaths it causes," Dr. Salaheddin Mahmud from McGill University, Montreal, told Reuters Health.

The use of aspirin was associated with a 30 percent reduction in the risk of advanced prostate cancer and a 10 percent reduction in total prostate cancer risk, the authors note.

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