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Aspirin link to lower cancer death rates

7 December 2010 Last updated at 07:49 GMT

A small dose of aspirin every day could significantly reduce the risk of dying from a range of common cancers, a study suggests.

Research at Oxford University and other centres found that it cut overall cancer deaths by at least a fifth.

Experts say the study, published in the Lancet, shows aspirin's benefits outweigh its associated risk of stomach and gut bleeding.

Fergus Walsh reports.