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Aspirin does not prevent cancer, and vitamin E does not prevent heart disease or cancer

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 07 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:69
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    Low dose aspirin has no effect in preventing cancer, a long term study involving nearly 40 000 healthy women has found. It also shows that vitamin E does not reduce the risk of cancer or cardiovascular disease.

    The women's health study evaluated the effects of low doses of aspirin (100 mg every other day) and vitamin E (600 IU every other day) on the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer in 39 876 healthy female healthcare professionals in the United States who were followed up for an average of 10.1 years (JAMA 2005;294:47-55). The women were aged at least 45 years at baseline and had no previous history of cancer, cardiovascular disease, or other major chronic illness.

    The results showed no effect of aspirin …

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