NSAIDs May Increase Risk of Kidney Cancer

Published: September 21, 2012

NSAIDs aren't only bad for your circulatory system. A new study shows they might also cause cancer!

In a scientific paper presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, researchers from Harvard Medical School analyzed 18 studies on the use of high-dose acetaminophen, high-dose aspirin, and non-aspirin NSAIDs for pain relief.

They found that acetaminophen use was linked to an 86% higher risk of kidney cancer, aspirin use to a 22% higher risk, and non-aspirin NSAIDs to a 56% higher risk.

There are about 60,000 new cases of kidney cancer in the U.S. each year. You have to wonder how many there would be if fewer people relied on NSAIDs, and used natural remedies for pain relief instead. My guess is a lot less!


"Analgesics use increases the risk of renal cell carcinoma (RCC): Results from a large up-to-date meta-analysis," Choueiri TK, et al. AACR-FCPR 2011. Abstract B87

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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