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Can aspirin do that, too?

In light of its success in reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke, researchers are investigating whether aspirin may offer protection against cancer. In March 2010, Harvard researchers reported results suggesting that if aspirin does possess cancer-fighting properties, they might be most evident among cancer survivors. Their study included about 4,000 women in the Nurses' Health Study who had been diagnosed with breast cancer over a 26-year period and who had supplied researchers with information about their use of aspirin. The Harvard researchers found that the breast cancer survivors who had taken aspirin regularly after being diagnosed with the disease were 70% less likely to have died from the breast cancer. Regular use was defined as taking aspirin two to five days a week.
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