Aspirin, vitamin E don't cut cancer risk

July 6, 2005 in Cancer Prevention, Nutrition Topics in the News, Vitamins, Minerals, Supplements

Aspirin, vitamin E don't cut cancer risk

A 12-year study conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston have found that neither low, regular doses of aspirin nor vitamin E supplements ward off cancer. While the study of nearly 40, 000 women suggests that regular, low doses of aspirin do not offer any protection against cancer for women, it was found to reduce the risk of stroke by 17 percent and in women 65 and older, it was found to reduce the risk of heart disease and heart attack.

Similar to aspirin, vitamin E was found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular deaths among all women taking the vitamin. In women 65 and older vitamin E was found to lower the risk of heart attack, but not stroke.

Researchers who conducted the study, described as the largest of its kind, claim that these findings are preliminary and more studies are needed before any recommendations for aspirin and vitamin E can be made to the general public.

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