It observed that aspirin use is continuing to surge, especially among adults who are using it for "primary prevention", meaning in order to prevent an initial cardiovascular event, and in some cases to prevent cancer.In this survey of more than 2,500 respondents aged 45-75, 52 percent reported current aspirin use.

"The use of aspirin is still a very contentious issue among medical experts. The support of its use in primary prevention is more of a mixed bag," said lead author Craig Williams from the Oregon State University.Aside from cardiovascular events, some studies have suggested a role for aspirin in preventing cancer, especially colon cancer, Williams said.

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