PAINKILLERS TRIPLE THE RISK OF KIDNEY CANCER
Taking a popular type of painkiller for more than 10 years triples chances of getting kidney cancer
Tuesday September 13,2011
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TAKING a popular type of painkiller for more than 10 years brings a three-times higher chance of getting kidney cancer, scientists said yesterday.
A study of more than 125,000 adults found people who took non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – which include ibuprofen, diclofenac, and naproxen – were overall 51 per cent more likely to develop the disease.
But those who took them for more than a decade almost tripled their risk of suffering renal cell cancer, the most common form of kidney cancer, American researchers found.
Aspirin was the only one of the group of medications, used long-term to treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, found not to increase the risk.