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Aspirin protects men over 60 from prostate cancer, study says

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 23 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:696
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Regular use of aspirin, ibuprofen, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may protect against the development of prostate cancer in older men, says a study in the United States.

    Men aged over 60 who took a daily dose of one of the drugs known collectively as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) were half as likely to develop the disease.

    The six year study of 1362 white men in Minnesota aged 50 to 79 found that 4% of men who took the drugs developed prostate cancer, compared with 9% of the control group (Mayo Clinic Proceedings 2002;77:219-25). The older the patient, the …

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