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1 Jul 2013

This month the Womens Health Study has turned positive after 18 years of follow up

This month the Womens Health Study has turned positive after 18 years of follow up.  This prospective randomized study showed that aspirin is effective in the primary prevention of colon cancer,  in healthy middle aged women.   Since the NNT to prevent one new colon cancer is very high and because there was no improvement in all-cause mortality, there is still general caution against the widespread recommendation for aspirin prophylaxis in normal risk individuals.   Nevertheless, the confirmation of biological efficacy for aspirin is generating considerable excitement and makes our adjuvant ASCOLT study more relevant than ever.