Aspirin (tree bark) reduces cancer risk

Women with breast cancer who take aspirin at least twice a week can more than double their chance of surviving, researchers say.

The greatest protection comes from taking the drug two, three, four or five times a week, a study has found.

They cut the risk of dying by 71 per cent and the risk of the cancer spreading by 60 per cent.

Taking aspirin on six or seven days cut the death risk by 64 per cent, but the risk of spreading fell only 43 per cent.

The findings of the U.S. study provide the most compelling evidence yet of the power of the cheap painkiller.

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