|Is it true that taking aspirin can reduce the risk of colon cancer?|
No, a recommendation has not been made by the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology about taking ASA for cancer prevention for the following reasons:
1. The evidence of ASA reducing the risk of colon cancer is largely circumstantial. While interesting, there have been no actual trials designed to look at colon cancer reduction with ASA
2. There are hazards associated with taking ASA, including bleeding in the intestinal tract, which are typically at par with the reduction of risk of cancer.
People may think that if they are taking ASA as a preventative measure, they may not go for standard screening which should not be missed if you are over 50, have a family history of colon cancer or polyps, or suffer from inflammatory bowel disease. Colon cancer is over 90% preventable if detected early.