According to new research taking a regular low dose of aspirin could prevent head and neck cancers by almost a quarter and throat cancers had the most benefit from regular aspirin use.
Head and neck cancers affect more than 16,000 people in the UK. Mouth cancer affects more than 6000 people and claims more lives than testicular and cervical cancer combined.
Dr Nigel Carter, Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation stressed the importance of the findings.
Dr Carter said: ‘Mouth cancer cases are increasing, so this piece of research is encouraging. Regular aspirin use has been linked to preventing a number of cancers, and if it is a particularly successful practice for warding off mouth cancer, it should act as a springboard for more research.