For Your Health: Aspirin vs. Cancer

A new study published in the Lancet says taking low doses of aspirin can reduce the risk of developing colon cancer and cut the risk of colon cancer deaths by as much as 30 percent:

"Peter Rothwell of John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and colleagues looked at four big studies of 14,000 people, half of them taking low-dose aspirin for heart disease. These lower doses of aspirin are considered much safer.

"Over about 18 years, they reported, 2.8 percent of the volunteers developed colon cancer. Aspirin reduced the 20-year risk of colon cancer by 24 percent and lowered the risk that a patient would die from colon cancer by 35 percent, they said."

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British researchers are developing a genetic test to predict the start of menopause. The test's findings could help women make an informed decision on when to start a family:

"A study, done by researchers at the University of Exeter Peninsula Medical School and The Institute of Cancer Research in the U.K., tested four genes associated with menopause. They compared 2,000 women from a large U.K. study involving more than 100,000 women called the Breakthrough Generations Study who had experienced early menopause with a matched group of the same number.

"And what they found was that the four genes each affected risk of early menopause."

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The CDC projects that as many as one in three Americans could develop diabetes by 2050. The surge is predicted based off current trends and America's obesity epidemic:

"As it stands, one in 10 Americans has diabetes, but this could double — or even triple — by 2050 if current trends continue. These trends include the aging of the population, increasing rates of obesity, the fact that people with diabetes are living longer, and increases in the number of people belonging to minority groups at high risk for diabetes."

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