Preventing Polyps

Looking for a drug to ward off cancer, doctors find one in the medicine chest

The more doctors learn about aspirin, the more impressed they are with what it can do. Not only does this cheap, century-old drug (derived originally from the bark of the willow tree) relieve pain and ward off heart attacks, but now there is also strong evidence that it is one of the few compounds that offer real protection against colon cancer, the second leading cause of death from cancer in the U.S. The results of two studies published in last week's New England Journal of Medicine clearly show that taking aspirin every day--in low or high doses--reduces the number and size...

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