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Jan 16, 2006

Common Painkiller Cut Ovarian Cance Risk

Common Painkiller Cut Ovarian Cance Risk
Do you always hear bad things about taking painkiller medications? Doctors may say that painkillers are bad for your stomach, kidney and liver. Now a group of researchers say that they are good to prevent ovarian cancer.

In the study, women who used a group of drugs called NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen were 28 percent less likely to develop ovarian cancer than were nonusers of NSAIDs. The risk reduction was strongest with aspirin, which showed a marked risk reduction of 37 percent.

This study, which was published in the medical journal Epidemiology, involved 586 women with ovarian cancer and 627 controls who were surveyed about painkiller use during the preceding 5 years. Women who regularly used painkillers for at least 3 months were classified as users, while all other women were considered nonusers.

Risk reduction with drugs like Tylenol that contain acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol) was slightly less at 22 percent.

As to how NSAIDs might cut the risk of ovarian cancer, that it probably "involves antiinflammatory effects." For acetaminophen, the mechanism is less clear, but the fact that another study also showed a benefit with acetaminophen use "suggests it is a real finding", Schildkraut said the lead author o f the study from Duke University,

Sherin      



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