NSAIDS AND COLON CANCER
ANCHOR LEAD: MEN WHO TAKE OVER THE COUNTER PAIN RELIEVERS TO PREVENT COLON CANCER MAY BE PUTTING THEMSELVES AT RISK, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Moderate amounts of aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen don’t help reduce a man’s risk of colon cancer and may increase his risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, ulcers, and more serious conditions, the US Preventative Services Task Force states. Francis Giardiello, a colon cancer expert at Johns Hopkins, says he still wants to see the data on low dose aspirin.
GIARDIELLO: There’s no question that aspirin prevents the development of colon cancer, in fact, its ability to prevent colon cancer is quite astounding: it may cut the risk in half. The question is should everybody in America be on an aspirin, and I’m waiting for data that shows that if you take an aspirin, not only does it cut your risk of colon cancer down but it may cut other cancers down and the side effects of taking the aspirin are low and justify the ability to take the aspirin. :30
Giardiello says men shouldn’t simply take a single aspirin a day right now unless they’ve been instructed to do so by a cardiologist. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.