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Aspirin shown to reduce risk of pancreatic cancer

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7360.356 (Published 17 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:356
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Aspirin, already known to reduce the risk of colon cancer, may also prevent cancer of the pancreas.

    In a seven year study of more than 28000 postmenopausal women aged 55 to 69 who were participants in the Iowa women's health study, the risk of pancreatic cancer was 43% lower in women who took aspirin or products containing aspirin than in women who did not (relative risk 0.57 (95% confidence interval 0.36 to 0.90)). The more often that women took aspirin, the lower their risk of the cancer (Journal of …

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