An aspirin a day: Just what the doctor ordered?

New study claims drug reduces cancer risk

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Recent analysis suggests that aspirin reduces the risks for certain cancers. The benefits of the drug for preventing heart attack and stroke are well-known, but is taking a daily aspirin just what the doctor ordered? Dr. James Stewart, chief of oncology and hematology at Baystate Medical Center, seems to think so.

He says that there is no doubt aspirin can be of benefit, and says that for most people, taking a baby aspirin each day can be recommended.

Still, Stewart said that it is not the best idea for everyone.

“If you take aspirin and you have a tendency to bleed- probably not a good mix. So If you’re on blood thinners for example, and you have other problems that lead to bleeding- there’s a variety of things,” Stewart said.

He says that the benefits outweigh the risks for most people, but it is important to remember that you cannot take any drug risk-free.

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