Posted 3:49 PM 3/20/2012 : Can Aspirin prevent cancer?
(NBC) - There's new evidence a drug might help treat cancer and it costs just pennies a pill.
It's one of the oldest and cheapest drugs you can get, now it seems the old stand-by pain reliever -- Aspirin -- may also help fight cancer.
The new research is preliminary but a collection of data from the U-K has shown a daily aspirin may help prevent and possibly treat a variety of cancers of the colon, prostate, lung and breast.
Dr. Andrew Chan of Massachusetts General Hospital says, "people who take aspirin seem to have a lower risk of dying from cancer."
Experts say it's too early to recommend the general population start popping a daily aspirin but the new research is intriguing to cancer doctors.
Millions of Americans already take aspirin to help prevent heart attacks and stroke. But aspirin doesn't come without the potential for side effects, like bleeding and stomach ulcers.
For now, experts say the best cancer and heart disease prevention strategies are exercise and healthy eating.
"I think overall those things will have a more meaningful impact than simply taking an aspirin a day," says Chan.
Stronger studies of the so-called "wonder drug's" effects on cancer are ongoing.
Doctors also say taking an aspirin at the first signs of a heart attack may help prevent damage to the heart.
Check out the latest events FC Tucson has scheduled.
Click here to submit a news tip to us!
Become a Facebook Fan!
Sign up on KVOA.com for newsletters, exclusive deals, and more!
Win! Win! Win!
Get news, weather and more on your smartphone and tablet!
Get texts for news, traffic, deals and more!
Stories and videos with Kristi's Kids
What's happening on News 4 @ 4
Let us help grow your business
What's on KVOA and when!
Contact info for our department heads
FCC Public File of Records, Reports, and More
KVOA's on air personalities!
Work at News 4 Tucson
Complete feeds of all KVOA.com stories