freephone 0800 862 0373
Sign in to view your quotes
Email address:
Password or PIN:

Forgotten your password? Reset it here.

Aspirin can be used as part of healthcare plan to prevent bowel cancer, says study

Published on 25/10/2010
A daily low dose of aspirin should be used as part of healthcare plans aimed at preventing bowel cancer, it has been claimed.

In a study published in the Lancet medical journal, scientists from the University of Oxford analysed data on over 14,000 patients from four study groups over a period of 20 years to identify the impact of regular small doses of the drug.

Their results showed that aspirin reduced the risk of bowel cancer developing by 24 per cent and mortality from bowel cancer by 35 per cent.

The results were consistent across the four trials, with no increase in benefit at doses of aspirin greater than 75 mg daily.

A previous study from the same group of researchers had suggested regular high doses of more than 500 mg of aspirin can reduce bowel cancer rates.

However, over-exposure to aspirin can lead to dangerous side effects, such as internal bleeding and stomach ulcers.

"To date, for healthy middle-aged people it has been a fine balance as to whether to take aspirins, but this tips it in my view," lead researcher Professor Peter Rothwell told the BBC.

"In the future, I am sure it will be shown that aspirin helps prevent other cancers too."

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK, with one in 20 people developing the disease over their lifetime. 
© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2010

Categories:  Medical
Aspirin can be used as part of healthcare plan to prevent bowel cancer, says studyA daily low dose of aspirin should be used as part of healthcare plans aimed at preventing bowel cancer, it has been claimed.In a study publ    tweet it on twittershare with your friends on Facebookshare with your friends on MySpaceBlog it on your LinkedIn profile

No.1 health insurance broker as rated by customers

A great service from the initial call, to finalising the agreement. I would highly recommend to my family and friends.

Review centre member

Proactive, efficient, and offered me insurance I need. I would say half price I would end up paying if I did it by myself. Many thanks.

Review centre member

Excellent service. Explained everything in detail and really helped to find the right insurance best suited to my needs - which wasn't necessarily the most expensive. 

Review centre member

Good value and the advisor was very helpful and recommended the best policy for my grandson. I would definitely use this service again and recommend to others.

Review centre member

We were contacted in good time to make a knowledgable choice. We were given plenty of options with lots of information to enable us to make the right choice.

Review centre member

The service I received was excellent, the staff member was very efficient and knowledgable. She went out of her way to get the best policy for me.

Review centre member

Great service. I really appreciated the help provided by Active Quote to arrange health insurance. The agent was very informative and proactive. Many thanks!

Review centre member

I received excellent care and attention from the first phone call till the last. Friendly, efficient and patient.

Review centre member

Staff are very helpful, friendly and polite. They call back when they say they will and keep you up to date with progress. Pleasure to deal with.

Review centre member

Very polite and friendly, and gave detailed explanations of all aspects of the cover. Reassuring to know that if you do have a problem there is someone you can contact.

Review centre member
This site is operated by Insurance Broker ActiveQuote Ltd registered in England & Wales company number 6765845.
Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Firm reference number 501109 as detailed on the Financial Services Register. Please read our Key Facts document.
For information about your rights as a consumer visit Citizens Advice.

Our insurance comparison service is free and easy for you to use, but you are responsible for making sure all your information is entered correctly, and for choosing your insurer.

This site uses cookies in order to work correctly - these are not harmful and do not contain personal information. By using this site you consent to this. I understand  Tell me more

please wait ...