Higher dose of aspirin recommended to colon cancer risk

February 12, 2008 2:19:24 PM PST
Taking aspirin daily may help lower colon cancer risk in men. But, according to new research, the dose of aspirin has to be higher than what's usually recommended for heart health.

And the other catch: the study in the journal Gastroenterology shows the aspirin has to be taken over at least six years. It finds that men who took about 1 1/2 standard size aspirin tablets-- at least twice a week-- had a 21 percent lower risk of developing colon cancer.

Researchers say they want to figure out the potential risks and benefits along with what the optimal dose should be.