How important is it to take aspirin every day?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
There's no question that daily baby aspirin reduces your risk for heart attacks, strokes, and deep-vein thrombosis. That's why aspirin is strongly recommended for men over 45 and women over 55.

Last year, two massive studies found that plain, low-dose aspirin slashed your risk of dying from nine scary cancers -- including colon, prostate, brain, lungs and pancreas -- by an average of 30%.

But, daily aspirin therapy is not right for everyone. Regular use can trigger major stomach and brain bleeding. Deciding whether to take it requires sorting out your personal risks and benefits. If you didn't talk with your doctor before starting daily aspirin, do it now.

Experts recommend swallowing your aspirin with warm water, which dissolves the tablets faster and makes it less likely to trigger serious bleeding.

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