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Fighting Cancer with Aspirin?

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Short-term effects of daily aspirin on cancer incidence, mortality and non-vascular death: analysis of the time course of risks and benefits in 51 randomised controlled trials. Rothwell, Peter M., et al. The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 21 March 2012.doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61720-0

Effect of daily aspirin on risk of cancer metastasis: a study of incident cancers during randomized controlled trials. Rothwell, Peter M., et al. The Lancet, Early online Publication, 21 March 2012. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60209-8 Access online at:


Effects of regular aspirin on long-term cancer incidence and metastasis: a systematic comparison of evidence from observational studies verses randomized trials. Algra, A.M. and Rothwell, P.M., The Lancet Oncology, Early Online Publication, 21 March 2012. doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(12)70112-2. Access online at:

Daily Aspirin Therapy: Understanding benefits and risks. Mayo Clinic. Access online at:

American Cancer Society. Eric Jacobs, Ph.D. 16 March 2012.

Studies Link Daily Doses of Aspirin to Reduced Risk of Cancer. New York Times. Roni Caryn Rabin 20 March 2012. Access online at

Reviewed March 29, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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