Can Aspirin Prevent Cancer Deaths?

August 10, 2012 Updated Aug 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM EDT

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August 10, 2012 Updated Aug 10, 2012 at 10:34 PM EDT

(WKBW/ABC News) Old-fashioned aspirin is the staple of medicine cabinets the world over, and -- far from being just for aches and pains -- some recent trials have shown that daily aspirin use, either baby or adult dose, may reduce cancer mortality rates by fifteen percent over ten years.

However, other studies found that aspirin had no effect on cancer mortality, so a new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute takes another look.

The authors say they found a reduction in cancer mortality with daily aspirin use -- but not as great as the earlier study.

Even so, they say their work is additional support for the possible benefits of aspirin against cancer.

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