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Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used in the treatment of aches, pains and fevers, particularly of arthritis and colds and are also used to prevent heart attacks and strokes. It has recently been discovered that prolonged use of daily aspirin increases a woman's risk of developing a specific type of breast cancer (estrogen receptor/progesterone receptor negative). Prolonged use of daily ibuprofen also increases a person's risk of general breast cancer, colorectal cancer, and nonlocalised cancer. It is unknown how the NSAIDs increases a person's risk of cancer.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by USC Health Sciences
About: Prolonged NSAIDs usage implicated in increased cancer risk
Date: 30 May 2005
Source: USC Health Sciences
Author: S Marshall, H Anton-Culver, D Deapen, P Horn-Ross, H Mohrenweiser
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