NSAID Use Increases Kidney Cancer Risk
Renal cell cancer (RCC) is the most common type of kidney cancer. It is also one of the more lethal.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs are commonly used over-the-counter drugs which include aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Nurofen, Advil, Nuprin, etc.) naproxen, COX-2 inhibitors and many others. But NSAIDs are not without side effects.
Research has found that “regular use of nonaspirin NSAIDs was associated with an increased RCC risk.” The study found that “there was a dose-response relationship between duration of nonaspirin NSAID use and RCC risk.” Taking nonaspirin NSAIDs regularly for more than 4 years increased the risk of RCC by 36%. Taking NSAIDs regularly for more than 10 years almost tripled the risk.
What must always be remembered is that there is no drug that doesn’t have a side effect. Side effects can take years, even decades to be discovered, but the risks are real and should be considered before taking any drug.