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Drs. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Mike Roizen is chief medical officer at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, an award-winning author, and has been the doctor to eight Nobel Prize winners and more than 100 Fortune 500 CEOs.

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Tags: Aspirin | Colon | Cancer | Fighter | heart | attack | stroke

Aspirin: Colon Cancer Fighter

Monday, 17 December 2012 06:25 AM EST

When Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper) popped a magic pill in last year's "Limitless," he could have been taking plain ol' aspirin and still have seen fantastic results. That little tablet of acetylsalicylic acid has health benefits far beyond its pain-squelching powers: It reduces your risk of heart attack and stroke (we say, take two baby aspirins, 88 milligrams each, every day, always with a stomach-protecting half-glass of warm water before and after); increases fat-burning; decreases fatty liver; protects against breast, colon, esophageal, prostate, and ovarian cancers; and cuts your risk of dying from those cancers significantly. And now, this most ancient of drugs (seems Egyptians used willow bark — it contains aspirin's active ingredient — as a therapy for all sorts of aches and pains) is being tested as a 21st-century targeted cancer therapy. People with colon cancer and a genetic mutation (in their PIK3CA gene) who take aspirin daily can slash their risk of death from colon cancer by an astounding 82 percent.

About 17 percent of people with colon cancer have this mutated gene, so aspirin may save thousands of lives. And results start quickly: Two well-done colon cancer studies show that aspirin starts protecting you in 90 days. Just remember, if you're taking aspirin to fight off colon cancer, don't follow the every-other-day regimen sometimes recommended for heart health (theoretically, that can spare you stomach problems). To win this war (and you can), you want aspirin's benefits every day, but don't forget that half-glass of warm water before and after!

© 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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Aspirin, a sort of magic pill, protects against heart attack, stroke, and certain cancers, and it also may treat colon cancer related to a genetic mutation.
Monday, 17 December 2012 06:25 AM
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