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Taking aspirin three times a week can slash risk of death from breast and bladder cancers, study finds

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TAKING three aspirin pills a week can slash the risk of dying from breast and bladder cancers, say researchers.

Tests suggest the drug combats inflammatory processes in the diseases.

But its long-term use can have harmful side- effects, experts warned.

They studied 140,000 US adults, mostly over 65, for up to 13 years.

Those with breast cancer who took aspirin at least three times a week were a quarter less likely to die.

Survival rates for bladder tumour patients were boosted by a third.

Any aspirin use cut the risk of death by 21 and 25 per cent compared to those who never had it.

The team from the National Cancer Institute in the US called for more research to be done.

Breast cancer is diagnosed in around 55,000 women in the UK each year. It claims 11,500 lives annually.

Around 10,200 new bladder cancer cases are diagnosed a year, with 5,400 deaths from the disease

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