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Aspirin cuts stomach cancer

Aspirin and other NSAIDs may lower the risk of stomach cancers, a US study concludes.

The prospective cohort study followed 311,115 people for seven years and found people who used aspirin at least once in the preceding 12 months were 36% less likely to have a gastric non-cardia adenocarcinoma than controls. Use of any NSAID in the preceding year lowered the risk by 32%.

No significant association was found between aspirin, NSAIDs and gastric cardia cancer or oesophageal adenocarcinoma.

British Journal of Cancer 2009;100:551-57

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