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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Paracetamol use is associated with increases with many cancers

This study was published in the International Journal of Cancer 2002 Jan 1;97(1):96-101

Study title and autors:
Cancer risk in persons receiving prescriptions for paracetamol: a Danish cohort study.
Friis S, Nielsen GL, Mellemkjaer L, McLaughlin JK, Thulstrup AM, Blot WJ, Lipworth L, Vilstrup H, Olsen JH.
Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, Danish Cancer Society, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Cancer incidence among 39,946 individuals receiving prescriptions for paracetamol was compared with expected incidence with individuals who did not receive paracetamol prescriptions over a 9 year period.

The study found, that compared to people who did not take paracetamol;

  • Esophagus cancer was 90% higher in people who took paracetamol.
  • Lung cancer was 60% higher in people who took paracetamol.
  • Liver cancer was 50% higher in people who took paracetamol.
  • Kidney cancer was 60%  higher in people who took paracetamol.
  • Bladder cancer was 10%  higher in people who took paracetamol.

This study reveals that paracetamol use is associated with increases with many cancers.