Aspirin may help with colon cancer

CHICAGO (AP) - It's already recommended for aches, pains and preventing heart attacks. Now, there's evidence aspirin may help in the battle against colon cancer.

A study finds colon cancer patients who took the inexpensive wonder drug reduced their risk of death from the disease by nearly 30 percent.

The new study suggests patients who already have colon cancer may benefit from taking aspirin along with surgery and chemotherapy. But researchers say it's too early for an across-the-board recommendation.

In a separate analysis of a subgroup of patients, only those with the most common type of tumor saw a benefit.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States after lung cancer.

The study is in the Journal of the American Medical Association.