An aspirin a day to keep cancer away?
provided by Mayo Clinic
spirin, the old standby for aches and pains, helps decrease the risk for a number of diseases, including several cancers, according to the December issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter. Aspirin has been shown to:
Aspirin reduces the tendency of blood to clot, which leads to reduced risk of heart attack and stroke. Scientists aren't sure exactly how aspirin may prevent cancer. They theorize that it limits the production of prostaglandins, a hormone-like substance that may be involved in tumor growth.
Ask your doctor if an aspirin a day is right for you. It's often recommended to prevent heart disease for men over age 40 and women past menopause. For some people, a daily dose of aspirin is not recommended because of potential side effects or other medical conditions.