(UPDATE 1) OTC Painkillers Alter Prostate Cancer Test Results

September 9, 2008

A new study has revealed that over-the-counter painkillers can greatly alter the results of prostate cancer screenings......Boston (ChattahBox) – A new study has revealed that over-the-counter painkillers can greatly alter the results of prostate cancer screenings.

These OTC painkiller such as aspirin, and ibuprofen, have been found to change PSA levels in men, altering their prostate cancer test results.

Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center studied over 1,300 men in the study.

They found that these OTC painkillers altered their prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels.

PSA levels are used as a marker in prostate cancer screenings.

This has proven that painkillers can greatly reduce how effective a prostate cancer screening actually is.

The study was published in the American Cancer Society’s journal Cancer.


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