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Dr. Matthew Galsky Weighs In: “NSAID Painkillers Linked to Risk of Kidney Cancer”

  • HealthDay
  • New York, NY
  • (September 12, 2011)

The long-term use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Advil, Motrin and Aleve may slightly increase the risk for developing kidney cancer. Dr. Matthew Galsky, an assistant professor of medicine, hematology, medical oncology and urology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, doesn't think most people taking NSAIDs have to worry. "The absolute risk is really on the small side. It's nine to 10 per 100,000 person years," he said. "So many patients take these medications and so many benefit from them; the risk is really on the small side." Learn more