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Aspirin: Cancer Prevention May Require Higher Doses

KEY POINT

While several ground-breaking new drugs are improving treatment of colorectal cancer, prevention continues to be very important. Aspirin has been recognized as effective for this purpose, but a study now shows that its benefits are greatest at doses substantially higher than those most people are using.

SOURCES

Chan AT et al. A prospective study of aspirin use and the risk for colorectal adenoma. Ann Intern Med. 2004;140:157–66.

American Gastroenterological Association. Colorectal cancer detection and prevention.