How Aspirin Reduces Colon Cancer Risk | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 92 Issue 17 | p. 26 | Concentrates
Issue Date: April 28, 2014

How Aspirin Reduces Colon Cancer Risk

The common painkiller’s ability to help prevent colon cancer is linked to high levels of an enzyme
Department: Science & Technology | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: aspirin, colon cancer, prostaglandin

A variety of studies have suggested that taking aspirin can decrease the risk of colon cancer. But the mechanism by which the common painkiller exerts its protective effect has eluded researchers. A team led by Andrew T. Chan of Massachusetts General Hospital and Sanford D. Markowitz of Case Western Reserve University now reports that aspirin’s colon cancer protection is linked to levels of an enzyme called 15-PGDH . . .

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