Researchers know of aspirin's benefits in preventing certain ailments — from cardiovascular disease to most recently colorectal cancer. But while the link to those two conditions was made, researchers also questioned how and if aspirin could work to ward off other types of cancers. Thanks to a team led by a VA Department of Veterans Affairs researcher, new studies verify their theory of cancer-prevention benefits based on aspirin's effects on platelets, the blood cells that form clots to stop bleeding. An abstract of the study appears in the February 2017 issue of Cancer Prevention Research journal. For more information about VA research on cancer, visit the VA Office of Research and Development website.
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