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By the way, doctor: How much aspirin should I take to reduce my risk for colon cancer?

Q. I keep hearing that aspirin can help prevent colon cancer, but I have no idea how much I should take. Can you help? I've had adenomatous polyps in the past.

A. You've already taken an important step in reducing your risk of colon cancer: you know that you've had adenomatous polyps. About two-thirds of colon polyps are adenomas. While most adenomas don't turn into colorectal cancer, most colorectal cancers do begin as adenomas. Early detection and removal of these polyps reduces your risk of developing colon cancer.

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