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Ecancermedicalscience. 2014 Jan 24;8:388. doi: 10.3332/ecancer.2014.388. eCollection 2014.

The Aspirin Foundation Scientific Conference: the history, the present state and the future of aspirin prophylaxis.

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The Croft, Pinwherry, Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland KA26 0RU, UK.
Cardiff University, Park Pl, Cardiff CF10 3AT, Wales, UK.
Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, Oxford University, Oxford, UK.
Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.
Global Medical Affairs Physician, Bayer Pharma AG 51368, Leverkusen, Germany.
Cardiff University and the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff CF 14 4XW, Wales, UK.
MRC Clinical Trials Unit, Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London WC2B 6NH, UK and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust, Brighton, UK.
University of Nottingham, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK.
Swansea Centre for Health Economics, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, Wales, UK.
Galliera Hospital, Mura delle Cappuccine 14, 16128 Genova, Italy.


The 2013 Aspirin Foundation Conference covered a range of topics from clinical and medical history, epidemiology, health economics, and the current uses of aspirin in general practice and in the treatment and prevention of cancer. The use of aspirin as primary prevention in people at risk of atherosclerotic events is now well known, but its use as a preventative agent in some cancer types is still under discussion, and data on colorectal and lung cancer were presented at this meeting. The potential use of aspirin in preventing vascular disease in HIV patients was also discussed. The cost effectiveness of aspirin as a primary prevention strategy was discussed for the first time in this series of meetings.


aspirin prophylaxis; cancer; cost-effectiveness; history; treatment; vascular disease

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