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Pop a daily aspirin to help prevent heart attacks, stroke and colon cancer, expert panel says
The Washington Post

Taking a daily dose of aspirin can help prevent both heart disease and colorectal cancer in adults ages 50 to 69 who are at an increased risk for cardiovascular problems, an independent panel of medical experts said Monday.

The final recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said that low-dose aspirin — typically, 81 mg — is most beneficial for people ages 50 to 59. For adults 60 to 69, a decision should be made with their doctors because aspirin can increase the risk of bleeding, the panel said.

This is the first time that the task force, a federally appointed group of 16 doctors, has endorsed aspirin as a way of preventing both cardiovascular disease and colon cancer, which are major causes of death among adults in this country. The action follows its draft recommendation last fall.