In a study, published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers assessed over 27,000 who had no history of colon disease at baseline.
They found that women who took higher doses of aspirin appeared to have lower risk for developing colorectal adenomas than those who never or rarely used aspirin.
|Women who took up to 14 tablets of aspirin per week had the lowest relative risk.|
|Annals of Internal Medicine|
During the course of the study, the researchers diagnosed 1368 cases of distal colorectal adenoma.
The team found that women who took up to 14 tablets of aspirin per week had the lowest relative risk. In comparison, women who never or rarely used aspirin had the highest relative risk.
The authors caution that while low doses of aspirin seem to have a beneficial effect, higher doses increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.
Screening with colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy remains the best way to prevent colon cancer.