11 Medical Conditions Aspirin Can Treat

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9. Prostate cancer
Annual U.S. cases: 176,450

Like many cancers, relatively little is known about the causes of prostate cancer. It is the second most common form of cancer among men. Though the findings are not 100% conclusive, it appears a low-dose aspirin regimen while undergoing cancer treatment can reduce the likelihood of death among patients with prostate cancer.

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10. Migraine
Annual U.S. cases: >3 million

A migraine is an especially severe headache characterized by throbbing pain, often only on one side of the head. People suffering from a migraine are often hypersensitive to light and sound and can find the pain debilitating. Migraines can have many triggers that can range from stress to food additives. The root cause however, is the aggregation of blood platelets, which can often be prevented with aspirin.

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11. Common cold
Annual U.S. cases: >3 million

According to the CDC, there are millions of cases of the common cold in the United States each year. While there is no cure for the common cold, as a pain reliever aspirin is an effective way to treat some of the cold’s often debilitating symptoms such as aches and fever. Children and teens should not take aspirin to treat these symptoms, however. According the Mayo Clinic, aspirin has been linked to Reye’s syndrome, an extremely rare but potentially fatal condition.