Aspirin Helps Some Colon Cancer Patients Live Longer

It’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 …