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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Paracetamol May Cause Blood Cancer

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Health-Net: Intake of paracetamol on a regular basis twice a chance to get a relatively rare type of cancer.

U.S. scientists say people aged over 50 years who drink painkillers on a routine basis in the week to increase their chances of getting blood cancer over a period of 10 years about one to two percent.

Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle draw their conclusions after examining nearly 65 thousand men and women who initially healthy elderly from all over the state of Washington for an average of six years.

During the study period, 577 people or less than one percent of the total developed a form of blood cancer, such as lymphoma or myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). When they saw the 577 men, they found that those who say take paracetamol regularly over represented.

Among most of the group not suffering from blood cancer, five per cent drank at least four times a week paracetamol. However, among some people who suffer from the disease, nine or 52 percent of individuals said they were taking medications that often.

Emily White, who worked on the study, said someone who is aged 50 years or older have a risk of one per cent within ten years of getting one of these cancers.

Our study shows that if you are using acetaminophen at least four times a week for at least four years, will increase the risk to around two percent.

However, Dr. David Grant, Scientific Director of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Charity Research, said he was not impressed with these findings.

He stressed that the numerical relationship does not prove a causal relationship and could only be the result of the methods the investigators or specificity statistics.

There is no known mechanism for paracetamol may cause blood cancer, he said.

He added Asking parents to recall their use of paracetamol over the years is not a reliable way to generate the data.

The increase from one to two percent risk of blood cancer over 10 years is also a small increase, he said.

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