A low dose aspirin regimen may
- Reduce the risk of heart attack
- For persons over 50, reduce the risk of certain types of cancer including colorectal.
The risk associated with daily aspirin use is internal bleeding. Thus, for example, its not recommended for people with stomach ulcers. The bleeding risk increases with age, so some doctors are reluctant to recommend an aspirin regimen for people over age 60. A task force has recommended that use over age 60 be left to the individual, and be based on whether an individual is more concerned about the bleed risk or the potential benefits with regard to cancer and heart disease.
- Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH, “Aspirin to Prevent Cancer: What to Tell Patients,” Medscape, 14 April 2017. http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/878567?nlid=114187_1521&src=WNL_mdplsfeat_170418_mscpedit_wir&uac=153634BV&spon=17&impID=1330937&faf=1
- Mayo Clinic, “Daily aspirin therapy: Understand the benefits and risks.” http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/heart-disease/in-depth/daily-aspirin-therapy/ART-20046797