DENVER -- An aspirin a day may indeed keep the doctor away.
New research shows a daily dose can significantly reduce an older person's risk of developing or dying from cancer of the bowel, stomach and esophagus, which connects your throat with your stomach.
Dr. Eric Groce of Swedish Medical Center says, “It's pretty exciting. There are certain patients that really benefit from aspirin as a cancer prevention and whenever we hear about something that can decrease cancer deaths or incidence of cancer in people we really tend to pay attention.”
To gain the benefits, researchers say people need to take an aspirin every day for at least five years, while they are between the ages of 50 and 65.
The study on aspirin showed a 9 percent drop in cancer rates as well as strokes and heart attacks.
Health experts warn that anyone with stomach problems should definitely avoid taking aspirin every day.
Dr. Groce says that includes, “Patients (who) have a stomach ulcer or some irritation or maybe some trauma to their head or a recent big surgery that might make them tend to bleed more.”
A safe rule of thumb with aspirin, or any other over-the-counter medication, is to always check with your doctor before taking it.