The association between regular use of aspirin and the prevalence of prostate cancer: Results from the National Health Interview Survey.

Prostate cancer is prevalent with significant morbidity in the United States. Aspirin previously has been found to be associated with reduced carcinogenesis of prostate cells. However, it remains unclear whether regularly taking aspirin could lower the risk of prostate cancer. Therefore, our aim was to examine the association between self-reported regular use of aspirin and the prevalence of prostate cancer in a national sample of the US adult population.The National Health Interview Survey is an annual survey conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics to investigate health and healthcare use of the US population. The current study is a population-based cross-sectional study using the 2010 National Health Interview Survey data. Adult male respondents who self-reported regularly taking aspirin at least 3 times per week were grouped as regular users. The prostate cancer prevalence was measured by respondents' self-report of prostate cancer. Multivariable logistic regression models were used to evaluate the association between these 2 factors by adjusting for covariates selected based on Andersen Behavioral Model of Health Services Use.An estimated 23 million (23.7%) males in the United States reported that they took aspirin regularly. Of them, 5.0% had prostate cancer. Regular aspirin use was significantly associated with a lower self-reported prevalence of prostate cancer after adjusting for predisposing, enabling, and need factors (odds ratio 0.60, 95% confidence interval 0.38-0.94).Regular aspirin use was found to be significantly associated with a lower self-reported prevalence of prostate cancer in the United States in 2010. Further clinical trials and longitudinal studies are needed to confirm the causality between regular aspirin use and prostate cancer.

Medicine. 2016 Jun [Epub]

Wan-Ting Huang, Steven R Erickson, Richard A Hansen, Chung-Hsuen Wu

aSchool of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan bDepartment of Pharmacy, Shuang Ho Hospital, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan cDepartment of Clinical Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI dHealth Outcomes Research and Policy, Harrison School of Pharmacy, Auburn University, Auburn, AL eResearch Center for Pharmacoeconomics, College of Pharmacy, Taipei Medical University, Taipei, Taiwan.

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