Your 50s May Be Best Age to Take Low-Dose Aspirin

Taking a daily low-dose aspirin to fend off a first heart attack or stroke may work better in people in their 50s — and maybe 60s — than in people who are older or younger, say new recommendations from top preventive medicine experts. In addition, taking a low-dose aspirin may help reduce the risk of colon cancer, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said in its new proposed recommendations aimed at those at increased risk of heart disease. How would …

Bad News, Bacon Lovers: Processed Meat Linked to Cancer

“Better not eat that. It’ll give you cancer. Didn’t you hear about that report?” the woman asked, as her friend reached for the bacon at the cafeteria breakfast bar. “That report” refers to the one this week from the World Health Organization (WHO) that caused a tizzy among lovers of bacon, cold cuts, sausages and hot dogs by saying consumption of processed meats “causes colorectal cancer.” Based on an analysis of more than 800 studies by 22 experts from 10 …

The Takeaway: Eat Fish to Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk

Not only is fish great for your brain, it could also lower your risk of rectal and colon cancers, doctors say. A team from Xijing Hospital in China analyzed 41 past studies on the link and found regular consumption of fish tied to a 12 percent lower risk of developing or dying from colorectal cancer.

Aspirin The Anti-Cancer Drug? New Evidence From 3 Studies

Many people already take a daily low-dose aspirin as a heart drug, but three new British studies suggest it may prevent and possibly even treat cancer. The studies, published in The Lancet and The Lancet Oncology journals, add to mounting evidence of the drug’s anti-cancer effects, reports BBC News. Previous studies have found that daily aspirin reduces the long-term risk of death from cancer, particularly colorectal cancer, but people needed to take the drug for about 10 years to get …

Colonoscopy Cuts Death Rate By Half, New Study Shows

It’s probably your least favorite cancer test, but a new study finds that the colonoscopy dramatically cuts the death rate from colorectal cancer. A team of researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City found that the death rate from colorectal cancer was cut by 53 percent in patients who had a colonoscopy with removal of precancerous polyps, or small tumors. The evidence was based on 2,602 adults, who had polyps removed during colonoscopies from 1980 to 1990, …

Breakfast Cereal: Fight Cancer With One Bowl A Day

What’s in your bowl? If it’s high-fiber breakfast cereal, it’s helping you cut your risk of colon cancer. Americans between the ages of 50 and 75 are at the highest risk for the disease, the third most common form of cancer in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society. A new study, published online in the British Medical Journal, looked at the relationship between diets high in whole grains and cereal fiber and the risk of colorectal cancer. The researchers analyzed …