Meds might make prostate cancer harder to detect

November 18, 2008 8:03:25 AM PST
Some medications may hamper the ability to detect early-stage prostate cancer in men. A new study suggests middle-aged men who take aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, may have significantly lower levels of PSA. PSA is a blood protein used to spot prostate cancer.

Researchers collected data from more than 1,200 men over age 40 who were referred for a biopsy of the prostate. About 46 percent of the men took NSAIDs, primarily aspirin.

Doctors found PSA levels were about 9 percent lower in men taking aspirin.