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June 5, 2005

Regular Ibuprofen Use Associated with Risk of Breast Cancer

Topics: Medicine

Be careful about putting too much credence in the results of this study, it's an 'observational' study. Nonetheless, it's worth knowing about:

Taking ibuprofen regularly for five years increases the risk of breast cancer, according to an observational study of 133,000 California teachers.

Yet the University of Southern California researchers, who published the findings of the California Teachers Study in the June 1 Journal of the National Cancer Institute, concluded that their data provides only slim evidence to support any ibuprofen-breast cancer causal effect.                            

The study found no increase in the risk of breast cancer among regular users of aspirin and acetaminophen, reported Sarah Marshall, M.D., and colleagues.

Although the researchers encouraged prospective studies to examine the ibuprofen-breast cancer association, they offered alternate explanations for the finding.

Posted by Hyscience at June 5, 2005 2:04 AM

I doubt the Ibuprofen link to breast cancer. I have been using Ibuprofen on and off for years. I have not had any breast lumps at all.

There are probably many reasons why women get breast cancer. The number one suspect has to be miscarriages, procured or natural, since a miscarriage will disrupt one's hormonal balance.
I had always been led to believe that a woman who breast fed her children was less likely to get breast cancer. My MIL had 7 children which she breast fed, but she also had several miscarriages.

Any disruption in a woman's finely tuned hormonal balance can upset what is already naturally residing in the body. There has to be other reasons for developing cancer than some of this guess work.

Posted by: Maggie4Life at June 6, 2005 6:07 AM



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