The more aspirin the women took, the higher...

THE October (2003) results from the ongoing Nurses' Health Study (involving 88,000 women) suggested that taking at least two regular aspirin tablets per week raises the risk of pancreatic cancer. The more aspirin the women took, the higher their risk appeared to be: taking two aspirins daily over 20 years raised the risk of pancreatic cancer by 58 percent. (Incidentally, the women were taking aspirin to relieve headaches or other types of pain, not to protect against heart disease.) The results were presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research and have not yet been published.