Acetaminophen may lower ovarian cancer risk
Jul 10, 2006 - 8:46:37 PM
Regular intake of acetaminophen, found in several painkillers, may cut ovarian cancer risk in women, but scientists add that the findings need to be confirmed.
Women who regularly use acetaminophen may be 30 percent less likely to develop ovarian cancer than those who use the drug rarely or not at all.
Acetaminophen is an active ingredient found in several painkillers, including Tylenol.
Ovarian cancer is considered as the most fatal gynaecological cancer, largely because doctors do not have a good screening method to detect the disease in its early stages, said Bonovas in the July's issue of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology.
However, the researchers have advised women against taking acetaminophen immediately. The possible link between acetaminophen use and reduced ovarian cancer risk 'cannot yet be regarded as one that would prompt a public health recommendation,' noted Bonovas.
He said that the new findings need to be confirmed and much more information should be gathered before officially recommending the drugs.
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