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Aspirin use confers multifaceted benefits in HCC


Key clinical point: The use of aspirin is independently associated with a reduced risk for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) incidence, recurrence, and mortality, but an increased risk for bleeding.

Major finding: Aspirin use was associated with a reduced incidence of HCC (hazard ratio [HR] 0.75; 95% CI 0.71-0.80), recurrence of HCC (HR 0.79; 95% CI 0.65-0.96), and HCC-related mortality (HR 0.64; 95% CI 0.44-0.94), but an increased risk for bleeding (HR 1.10; 95% CI 1.02-1.20).

Study details: This study meta-analyzed the data of 3,273,524 individuals from 30 studies on HCC incidence, HCC recurrence, or mortality.

Disclosures: This study did not report the source of funding. The authors declared no conflicts of interest.

Source: Ma S, Qu G et al. Does aspirin reduce the incidence, recurrence, and mortality of hepatocellular carcinoma? A GRADE-assessed systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis. Eur J Clin Pharmacol. 2022 (Nov 5). Doi: 10.1007/s00228-022-03414-y

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