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Medical News and Perspectives
July 6, 2005

Clinical Trials Point to Complexities of Chemoprevention for Cancer

JAMA. 2005;294(1):29-31. doi:10.1001/jama.294.1.29

Prevention, as English clergyman Thomas Adams observed in 1618, “is so much better than healing because it saves the labour of being sick.” And while the preventive tools available to Adams and his 17th-century contemporaries were sparse compared with today’s arsenal of vaccines, drugs to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and other compounds, interest in discovering agents that can lower an individual’s risk of conditions such as cancer and heart disease has never been higher.