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Study shows aspirin has positive effect on colon cancer

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Each year, more than 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colorectal cancer. 50,000 die.

Now, a UAB oncologist says aspirin could block tumor growth in certain patients with the disease.

A study published in Thursday's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine showed after diagnosis, patients with a certain gene mutation had more than an 80% reduction in colorectal cancer deaths after taking aspirin.

In contrast, aspirin use in patients without the mutation did not affect mortality. 

Researchers say the study sample was small and that these findings are still preliminary.

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