Thursday, October 23, 2008

Painkillers and Tests For Prostate Cancer

Taking aspirin and other painkillers can interfere with a common screening test for prostate cancer.
A new study in the journal, CANCER, found that men taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or N-SAIDS, such as Alleve, Advil, and aspirin, had lower levels of Prostate Specific Antigen.
Researchers say those low levels can confuse the results of the common, P-S-A screening test.
They also say it is possible that the lower P-S-A levels could mean that regular use of these drugs can reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Other studies have shown there is an association between using N-SAIDS and lowered risk of cancer.
N-SAIDS reduce inflammation and chronic inflammation has been linked to a number of cancers.

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