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Aspirin Helps Some Colon Cancer Patients Live Longer

Posted on 10/26/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s one of the oldest, cheapest drugs around, which makes it even more remarkable that humble aspirin helped dramatically cut the death rate among people with a specific kind of colon cancer, compared with those who didn’t take aspirin, new research shows. Harvard researchers in a large, government-funded study found that among patients whose tumors had a PIK3CA gene mutation — the cause of about 15 to 20 percent of colorectal tumors — regularly taking aspirin cut the risk of …