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LONDON, ENGLAND (PIX11) — A daily dose of aspirin may help prevent certain types of cancer.

New evidence suggests that the benefits of taking aspirin each day may outweigh the risks.  A new study  in the  Annals of Oncology says an aspirin regimen can reduce the risk of  cancer of the digestive tract — including bowel, stomach and esophageal cancers.  The study also says there is a smaller, yet significant reduction to the risk of heart attack and stroke.

The study showed that taking aspirin daily over a 10 year period could cut bowel cancer cases by about 35 percent.  Deaths from the disease could be cut by 40 percent.  For esophageal and stomach cancer, there was a 30 percent cut and deaths were reduced by 35 to 50 percent.

Professor Jack Cuzick, head of the center for cancer prevention at Queen Mary University of London, said the evidence showed that people need to take the daily dose of aspirin for a 10 year period and it has to be taken between the ages of 50 and 65.

“Our study shows that if everyone aged between 50 and 65 started taking aspirin daily for at least 10 years, there would be a 9 percent reduction in the number of cancers, strokes and heart attacks overall in men, and around 7 percent in women,” Cuzick said in a statement, according to the Huffington Post.

The risk involved in taking large amounts of aspirin is the concern for bleeding. Cuzik addressed those concerns in the report

“Whilst there are some serious side effects that can’t be ignored,” says Cuzick, quoted by Forbes.com, “taking aspirin daily looks to be the most important thing we can do to reduce cancer after stopping smoking and reducing obesity, and will probably be much easier to implement.”