Aspirin Cuts Colon Cancer Risk, Harvard Medical School Study Suggests

Published: Jun 26, 2013

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Aspirin’s benefit in thwarting colon cancer is driven by a gene mutation that makes tumor cells less sensitive to the drug’s effects, according to a study that may lead to personalized prevention strategies. Developing colon cancer with a mutation of the gene BRAF was similar for both regular aspirin users and non-users, according to research published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Regular aspirin users had a 27 percent reduced risk of developing cancer without the mutation compared with those who didn’t regularly take the drug, the study found.

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