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Will taking aspirin and other NSAIDS help prevent colon cancer?

Randall Holcombe, MD
Hematology & Oncology

There is evidence that aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) may decrease the risk of developing colon and rectal cancers. However, because aspirin can have side effects like bleeding from the bowels, you should consult your doctor before thinking of using aspirin or another NSAID for colon and rectal cancer prevention. 

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