The Wonder Drug: Aspirin

Should you be taking a daily dose of aspirin? More and more the health benefits of this common drug are being discovered as it becomes a low cost solution for a variety of health issues.


A recent study published in The Lancet, from researchers at Oxford University found that taking a 75mg of aspirin (just a quarter of an over the counter pill )  daily over the course of  five years, reduced the risk of bowel cancer by a quarter and deaths from the disease by a third. Aspirin has already been shown to have many health benefits. It thins the blood and is therefore used for a wide range of disorders; from heart disease and stroke prevention, as well as migraine patients, and preventing miscarriage.

There are many advocates for aspirin, among them Professor Gordon McVie, a senior consultant at the European Institute of Oncology, Milan. He said that, “For me this is clear cut...Aspirin is cheap and effective, and there is huge potential to cut the cases of illness particularly colon cancer”.

Of course, not everyone should run out and start taking daily dose of aspirin. It is not recommended for children under the age of 16, as it can actually create a condition called Reye’s syndrome, a potentially fatal disease.  Also, people who have bleeding disorders or an allergy to aspirin or to other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs should of course avoid them.  While aspirin can be used in the prevention of repeated miscarriage, it should only be done so under the recommendation of a doctor, pregnant women are discouraged from taking doses on their own.

While a daily dose of aspirin isn’t for everyone, for some it can have powerful health benefits, and so it’s a good idea to ask your doctor if it’s right for you.


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