There has been a lot of interest in the Stanford study suggesting that aspirin reduces the risk of melanoma in women; dermatologist Jean Tang, MD, PhD, spent much of her day today discussing the findings with reporters from NPR and the three networks’ evening news programs. Earlier, in a 1:2:1 podcast, Tang talked about her work and described the importance of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), from which she and her co-investigators pulled their data:
The Women’s Health Initiative was funded by the National Institutes of Health and American taxpayers’ dollars… This was a huge investment of taxpayers’ dollars, and it has incredibly paid off, [producing] many published papers and, more importantly, many important messages and conclusions about the health of American women.
Women were enrolled [in the WHI] to reflect the multi-ethnic population of the U.S. So American Indians are represented, Mexican-American women are represented, black women are represented. You are never going to get the richness and diversity of the women represented in this database anywhere else in the world.
Previously: New research shows aspirin may cut melanoma risk