25 April 2012
Commenting on research published in the British Journal of Cancer showing aspirin can reduce the chances of dying from bowel cancer by almost a third, Jacqui Graves, Head of Healthcare at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
'This study adds to the growing evidence showing the potential benefits of aspirin in treating and possibly preventing cancer, especially digestive cancers like bowel cancer.
'Although these findings are promising, more research is needed on the side-effects, who will benefit most from taking it and whether the risks outweigh the benefits of taking aspirin over time.
'People considering taking aspirin to reduce their risk of getting cancer should always seek advice from their GP first. It’s also important people eat a well balanced diet, increase their levels of physical activity to the recommended minimum of 2.5 hours per week, and limit how much alcohol they drink, as these factors also cut the risk of getting bowel cancer.’
For further information, please contact:
Rebecca Openshaw, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4699 (out of hours 07801 307068)