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"Colon cancer survival improved with Aspirin"


Source: CBC.CA

Published: 11 Aug 2022

Category: Pharmaceutical

Rating: (4½ stars)

Keywords: aspirin colon cancer

what they said (Hover the mouse cursor over underlined words for more info)

Some people diagnosed with colon cancer who take Aspirin may reduce their risk of dying from the disease by nearly 30 per cent compared with those who don't take the pills, a new study suggests.

Acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) was developed as a painkiller and marketed as a headache medication or to treat aches and pains. Research has also suggested its regular use may help to prevent colorectal cancer in people at high risk of the disease...

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how did it rate? (more information)

Criteria Rating
Total Score 9 of 10
Availability of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Novelty of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Disease Mongering Satisfactory (?)
Treatment Options Satisfactory (?)
Costs of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Evidence Satisfactory (?)
Quantification of Benefits of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Harms of Treatment Satisfactory (?)
Sources of Information Satisfactory (?)
Relies on Press Release Not Applicable
Quantification of Harms of Treatment Not Satisfactory (?)

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Overall, this was a well written article on the results of this cohort trial of ASA in colon cancer treatment. The author did a good job of outlining the study design (i.e. the specific cohort of patients involved, the fact that ASA was provided alongside the standard treatment of colon cancer etc). Although there was little discussion about the potential harms associated with ASA use, the author did accurately present both the absolute and relative numbers for the benefits of this treatment.

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