- Long Term Aspirin use prevents cancer incidence in colon 32%, prostate 19%, and breast cancer 17%* (statistically non-significant). There is some molecular evidence of this in colon cancer. But not the others....... The catch is that you have to use aspirin adult dose for >5 years. Why? Like most association studies.....No one knows. What good is that?
- Hormone replacement therapy increases Ovarian cancer incidence This study called the Million Women Study is a large cohort of British women. 948,576 postmenopausal women were assessed for ovarian cancer incidence. Users were 20% more likely to develop Ovarian Cancer. 1 in 5, that seems small, but in a million women (well......just 52k shy) that's alot of cancer!!! Especially such a nasty killer. But here's the kicker....
- Oral Contraceptive hormones Reduce Colorectal Cancer risk! Wait a second.....Aren't these female hormones too? This study shows an almost 40% reduced incidence of colon cancer in these women from the Women's Health Study. Perhaps this has to do with dosage? But Who Knows....It's an association study!!!
- Smoking Cuts Risk of Parkinson's Disease So that is what the media says about this study. Ok so now you have got me flipping out. No mechanism, No pathogenesis, No explanation.... Smoking kills, but at least it reduces your likelihood of ALSO having Parkinson's. Almost a 40% reduction in the likelihood of having Parkinson's. How? Who Cares....It's an association study! This kills me. The people could have predisposition genes for nicotine addiction/taste/etc which also have some salutatory effects. I do not think that smoking is what saves these patients brain cells!!!! But that's not what the press will tell you.
The Sherpa Says: What is sold as a good piece of science is quite often a piece of something else! Just because it was toiled over and hard work to develop it was done does not make it true, correct or even appropriate. I am here to say.....If it sounds fishy it probably smells fishy too. Throw out association studies until you have a reason for the association!!!