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Source: U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

Last Reviewed: April 2016

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends low-dose aspirin use to prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD) and colorectal cancer (CRC) for adults who:

  • Are ages 50 to 59 years
  • Have at least a 10 percent 10-year CVD risk
  • Don’t have an increased risk of bleeding
  • Have a life expectancy of at least 10 years 

USPSTF recommends that the decision to start low-dose aspirin use should be individualized for people ages 60 to 69 years who have at least a 10 percent 10-year CVD risk. USPSTF also found insufficient evidence to recommend that adults who are younger than 50 years or are age 70 years or older start taking aspirin to prevent CVD and CRC. 

 

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. (2016). Final update summary: Aspirin use to prevent cardiovascular disease and colorectal cancer: Preventive medication. Retrieved from https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/Page/Document/UpdateSummaryFinal/aspirin-to-prevent-cardiovascular-disease-and-cancer