Painkillers may affect prostate screening test results

September 8, 2008 2:38:42 PM PDT
Taking aspirin or other common pain killers could confuse the results of a common prostate cancer screening test.It is the first time a medication other than those used to treat prostate enlargement have shown an affect on the test.

The study at the University of Rochester used data from more than 1,300 male patients. It found those who were taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory like aspirin showed a 10 percent drop in their blood levels of prostate-specific antigens versus patients not taking it.

Researchers say their findings are consistent with previous studies showing the regular use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory can reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

The study is reported in the current issue of the journal Cancer.


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