Common Pain Killers Can Mask Signs of Prostate Cancer
Common painkillers taken on a regular basis, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, appear to lower a man’s PSA level, the blood biomarker used by doctors to help gauge whether a man is at a risk of getting prostate cancer.
The authors of this new study, however, caution that men should not take the painkillers in an effort to prevent prostate cancer. An author on this study Eric A Singer M.D., M.A., a urology resident at the University of Rochester Medical Center, said, “We showed that men who regularly took certain medications like aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, had a lower serum PSA level…. But there’s not enough data to say that men who took the medications were less likely to get prostate cancer. This was a limited study, and we do not know how many of those men actually got prostate cancer.”Go to free consultations