Low-dose aspirin may help prevent colon cancer, study suggests

A daily dose of aspirin can lower your risk of developing and dying of colon cancer. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

April 23, 2014 6:45:20 PM PDT
The pill many people take to protect their heart may also prevent one of the most deadly forms of cancer.

Low-dose aspirin is often recommended for people at high risk of heart disease.

Researchers at Case Western University found it may also prevent colon cancer in people with a specific gene.

Study participants with high amounts of the gene "15 PGDH" had only half the usual risk of developing colon cancer if they regularly took low-dose aspirin.

Researchers say the gene combined with aspirin seemed to slow inflammation.