Women who took aspirin every other day for at least 10 years were 20% less likely to develop colon cancer compared with those who took a placebo, according to a study in Annals of Internal Medicine. Long-term aspirin users, however, had a 14% and a 17% greater risk of stomach bleeding and peptic ulcers, respectively. Still, the drug's benefits "may outweigh those (risks) because you would be preventing more heart attacks and strokes," but each patient's risks should be taken into account, the study's lead author said.

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