London: People suffering from bowel cancer who take aspirin daily could cut their chance of dying from the disease by about one-third, a decade-long study has said.The study in the British Journal of Cancer looked at 4,500 bowel cancer patients living in the Netherlands, BBC reported.All the bowel patients took a low dose of aspirin -- 80 mg or less a day. This dose is already recommended for people with heart disease.Evidence suggests aspirin might prevent certain cancers from developing in the first place. Some research also suggest aspirin might work as a cancer therapy -- that slows down or prevents cancer`s spread.But the experts said it was too soon to start routinely offering it for bowel cancer.The drug can have unpleasant and dangerous side effects, causing irritation of the stomach lining and internal bleeding.In the study, a quarter of the patients did not use aspirin, a quarter only took aspirin after being diagnosed with bowel cancer, and the remaining half took aspirin both before and after their diagnosis.Most of the patients on aspirin had been taking it to prevent cardiovascular disease-related problems like heart attack.
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