New research touts potential life-saving benefits of aspirin

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New study says aspirin can reduce the risk of dying from cancer. (KTRK)

New research out of Harvard University may be adding another reason to take an aspirin a day.

It's been known for some time that an aspirin a day may help prevent heart attacks or stroke but now there's another potential life-saving use for the pain reliever.

Researchers say regular doses of aspirin may reduce a person's risk of dying from cancer.

The study included more than 100,000 participants. It found that men who took aspirin regularly had a 15% lower chance of dying from cancer than men who didn't take the pain reliever.

For women, the risk of death from cancer was 7% lower.

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While the greatest impact on prevention was related to colorectal cancer, researchers believe there is a connection to also reducing the risk of death from prostate and lung cancer for men. For women, risk of death from breast cancer may be lowered.

Taking an aspirin a day is not for everyone. Doctors do not recommend it for anyone at high-risk for ulcers or gastrointestinal bleeding.

Before starting any medication it is always important to speak with your doctor first.

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