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Long-term use of non-aspirin painkillers triples kidney cancer risk

September 13, 2011 - London

People who take non-aspirin painkillers such as ibuprofen, diclofenac, and naproxen for more than 10 years are at a three-times higher chance of getting Kidney Cancer, according to new research.

The study of more than 125,000 adults found that people who took non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs were 51 percent more likely to develop the disease.

However, those who took them for over a decade almost tripled their risk, reports The Daily Express.

Aspirin was the only one of the NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) found to be safe.

Dr Eunyoung Cho and colleagues at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, analysed data from 77,525 women and 49,403 men, whose use of aspirin and other NSAIDS was recorded for up to 20 years, and found that 333 developed renal cell cancer.

The overall risk of renal cell cancer remains small in comparison with that of other major diseases.

"In these large studies of women and men, we found that use of non-aspirin NSAIDS was associated with an elevated risk of renal cell cancer, especially among those who took them for a long duration," said Dr Cho.

The research is published in this month's edition of Archives of Internal Medicine.


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