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Ibuprofen Cancer Link Found

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Taking ibuprofen could triple your chances of developing cancer according to new research.

A new study suggests that popping non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s), including ibuprofen, for longer than a ten year period could increase your chances of developing renal cancer, the commonest form of kidney cancer.

Aspirin was the only medication, used long term to ease anti-inflammatory pain, that did not present an increased risk of cancer.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Brigham Women’s Hospital in the US studied more than 125,000 people over a 20 year period. Those who took NSAID’s twice or more a week were doubley likely to be diagnosed with renal cancer than those who took them less regularly.

They also found a link to the time the drugs were taken for, in that those who regularly took NSAID’s for a period longer than ten years, risked tripling their risk of developing renal cancer in comparison to non users.

There were no links found if the user had been taking NSAID’s regularly for less than ten years.

However, researchers were keen to add that of the 125,000 participants within the study, only 333 developed renal cancer. The absolute risk of developing renal cancer remains very low.

The researchers confirmed, “risk and benefits should be considered in deciding whether to use analgesics; if our findings are confirmed an increased risk of renal cell cancer should be considered.”

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