After completely a review of recently compiled data, a team of researchers at Harvard Medical School determined that long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), except for Aspirin, have been linked to an increased risk of renal cell cancer. The researchers also noted that based on their observations, the incidence of renal cell cancer has been increasing along with its risks factors of obesity and hypertension.
The study, which included more than 75,000 women and almost 50,000 men, required that participants complete a detailed questionnaire regarding their use of various types of NSAIDs every two years. The resulting data ultimately allowed researchers to conclude that the risk associated with nonaspirin NSAIDs increased according to the frequency of use.
The research, which was supported by the Kidney Cancer Association at the National Institutes of Health, suggested that patients should carefully consider the risks and benefits of using NSAIDs prior to doing so.